8 June 2012

South Africa/Libya: Futsal National Team Ready to Take On Libya

The South African Futsal (indoor soccer) will take on Libya in the final round of the FIFA Futsal World Cup qualifier on Saturday, 09 June 2012 at the Halg Alwad Arena in Tunis. The first leg qualifier has been moved to a neutral venue in Tunisia due to the political uprising in Libya.

Kick-off is at 17h00.

The 13-member Futsal National squad has concluded preparations at Ingwenyama lodge in White River, Mpumalanga ahead of the crucial qualifier that could see the South Africans be among three African countries representing the continent at the 7 th edition of the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup set to take place in Thailand from 1 - 18 November.

The South African Futsal National squad departed for Tunisia on Thursday, 07 June 2012.

South Africa progressed to the final round of the qualifiers on a five-three (5-3) aggregate win over Zimbabwe in two matches (home and away) that were played at the Wembley Stadium last month.

The South African Futsal National Team coach, Quinton Allies will be taking 13 of the 16 players that were in camp to Tunisia. Three players have been withdrawn from the squad after picking up injuries during the training sessions in preparation for the qualifier. Allies has said it is disappointing losing three players due to injury but feels he has a strong squad that can compete against the Libyans.

"We have been training hard and I am satisfied with the preparations that we were able to put into getting ourselves mentally and physically prepared for the final round of the qualifiers. We have come a long way since putting the squad together and know they will perform to their best of their ability this weekend. We will be looking for a win as qualifying for the Futsal World Cup would be a magnificent achievement," said Allies.

The SA Futsal National squad:

1. Gift Mashaba

2. Khotso Chabeli

3. Smanga Tshabalala

4. Sibusiso Tshabalala

5. Andile Sibiso

6. Dumisani Ntsodo

7. Thurston Johnson

8. Trevino Pillay

9. Hashim Khan

10. Tebogo Mofolo

11. Emmanuel Khetsi

12. Simphiwe Mgedozi

13. Keith Phore

The South Africans are expected back in the country on Monday (11 June 2012) morning, with the return leg scheduled for the 23 rd of June.

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