7 March 2016 – The South African national Futsal team coach, João Freitas Pinto has named a strong 14-player squad to represent the country at the 5th Edition of the CAF Futsal African Cup of Nations.
The Futsal National Team started preparations for AFCON in February 2016.
Coach Pinto, popularly known as “JP” started preparations with 50 players and has had to trim the squad to 14 players as per the CAF rules.
South Africa has the potential to qualify for their first FIFA Futsal World Cup, which will be held in Colombia from 14 September – 2 October 2016.
“We are very excited about the upcoming AFCON; we will have a few friendly matches with local teams before our first match next Friday.
“I am pleading to supporters to come out in numbers at the Standard Bank Arena next week; to come and see the talent that this country has. I believe that this is going to be an exciting tournament and we are focused on our goal of qualifying for the FIFA Futsal World Cup,” said JP.
14 man Squad:
Name & Surname
Nwashokwe Gift Mashaba
Kyle Kevin Koert
Jabulani Caleb Mnisi
Josiah Sibusiso Tshabalala
Radlin Dwayne Sanssoucie
Nkosingiphile Nhlanhla Zwane
Byron Mark Cottle
Pedro Phillip Marques