Tony de Zorzi of Gauteng will captain the Coca-Cola South Africa under-19 team that will travel to Bangladesh to defend the country’s ICC U19 World Cup title. The tournament, which will be held across eight venues from 27 January to 14 February 2016 will see the world’s best take one another on for Youth Cricket’s ultimate prize.
The announcement was made during the gala dinner to close off the annual Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week which was held in Port Elizabeth this year. CSA congratulated the players selected for the Coca-Cola South Africa under-19 squad.
“Well done to all the players selected into the U19 World Cup squad. This is a formative start to what can turn out to be a memorable tournament as defending Champions and ultimately a career as a professional cricketer.” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
“It is worth recalling that Kagiso Rabada was the bowling spearhead of our previous campaign and we all know the impressive strides he has made since then to represent the Proteas with distinction.
“The opportunity is there for you all to begin to live your dreams and to travel in the knowledge that you not only have the CSA Family right behind you but indeed the entire nation.
“Make yourself and the rest of us proud!”
Team coach, Lawrence Mahatlane is confident that he has the right squad to win the grand title.
“It has been a very exciting process,” he said. “We have a lot of players that we have tried out and given a lot of international exposure to. I think the fact that majority of the team has been to Bangladesh already can only serve us in good stead.
“It’s been tough at times, there are a few young men who will be very disappointed that they will not be going to the World Cup, but I believe that we have picked a really good side, a very well-balanced side that will represent our country well.”
The squad will assemble at the CSA Cubs Week in Stellenbosch from 4-8 January 2016 and will take part in the tournament as part of their preparation for the World Cup.
South Africa will play in the opening match against Bangladesh in Chittagong.
Coca-Cola South Africa U19 World Cup Team
Tony de Zorzi (Gauteng, capt), Ziyaad Abrahams (Western Province), Dean Foxcroft (Northerns), Dayyaan Galiem (Western Province), Willie Ludick (Northerns), Wandile Makwethu (Gauteng), Conor McKerr (Gauteng), Rivaldo Moonsamy (Northerns), Wiaan Mulder (Gauteng), Luke Philander (Boland), Farhaan Sayanvala (Gauteng), Lutho Sipamla (Eastern Province), Liam Smith (Gauteng), Kyle Verreynne (Western Province) and Sean Whitehead (Free State).
Management: Lawrence Mahatlane (Head Coach), Victor Mpitsang (Assistant Coach), Riaan Osman (Manager), Kyle Southgate (Analyst), Brett Edwards (Physiotherapist), Sipokazi Sokanyile (Media Liaison).