The Under-20 leaves for Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, 7 January where they will play a Qatar Select team on Saturday, 10 January. They then depart for Russia’s St Petersburg for the Commonwealth tournament which involves 12 teams.
“These tours could not have at a better time. They will give us an indication of where we are in terms of preparedness and the shape of the team.
“It is an exercise in which we want to build players characters and with so many games they will get that much-needed experience required when we go to Senegal for the CAF Youth tournament in March this year,” said Notoane.
Notoane said the boys were showing improvement by each day and would give a good account of themselves in Qatar and Russia.
“I am very excited and happy about what I am seeing from these youngsters,” he said.
Captain Motjeka Madisha said the entire team was looking forward to the tour adding this was the beginning of a journey which might shape their lives for good.
“We have an opportunity to define our future and we need to grab such an opportunity with both hands,” said the Limpopo-born but who grew up in Tembisa.
Goalkeeper, Dumisani Msibi said there was no better feeling than representing one’s country and the tour to Qatar and Russia would give most of the players a rare experience in their promising careers.