IC11 Squad - South African Lions' list

Thursday, July 28 2011 @ 10:00 pm ACST

Contributed by: Brett Northey

The South African Lions are attending the International Cup once again, making them one of just eight nations to make it to all four Cups.

Looking across the list, as per past tournaments, lack of height seems to be a factor that may hurt them when it gets down to the top few teams (except PNG). Their tallest players are Zola Mtiwetafa and Malibongwe Mlami, both 190 cm (nearly 6'3") and the average is 177 cm (5'10"). At least in the case of Zola at 102 kg there would appear to be a solid body.

The average age is a relatively young 23 but there's some very experienced international campaigners as well, such as the Steven Malinga, Benjamin Motuba and the surprise return of Mtutuzeli Hlomela.

Coached by Stewart Edge, who has spent considerable time in South Africa as a high performance coach, the Lions can be expected to challenge for a top four spot once again. 2008 saw a massive rise from 8th to 3rd - will the rise continue? Maybe, but the final couple of steps may be the hardest.



2011 AFL International Cup - South Africa Lions squad

Coach: Stewart Edge
Assistant: Wayne Miller


No. Name Club D.O.B. Height (cm) Weight (kg)
1 Mlungisi Manyoni Kwa Zulu Natal Eagles 19/08/1986 169 64
2 Matshane Steven North West Dockers 2/04/1988 180 64
3 Abueng Senyadio North West Dockers 26/11/1990 175 65
5 Karabo Marokoane North West Dockers 23/12/1991 178 59
6 Andre Swanepoel North West Dockers 4/10/1987 170 72
7 Zolani Nyiki Western Cape Magpies 24/03/1991 178 70
8 Asanda Funda Western Cape Magpies 10/04/1989 172 76
9 Steven Malinga Gauteng Blues 7/05/1982 176 65
10 Godfrey Molohlanyi North West Dockers 26/06/1989 179 74
11 Simphiwe Mbalo Western Cape Magpies 10/04/1989 177 72
12 Mtutuzeli Hlomela Gauteng Blues 4/10/1980 169 78
13 Lungisani Mtolo Kwa Zulu Natal Eagles 27/09/1984 173 65
14 Tshepiso Mogapi Gauteng Blues 28/02/1991 178 66
15 Kagisho Gaonose North West Dockers 4/09/1986 171 66
16 Benjamin Motuba Gauteng Blues 12/05/1984 167 71
17 Khaya Sikiti Western Cape Magpies 6/04/1985 178 72
18 Obakeng Poni North West Dockers 4/06/1989 178 62
19 Boitumelo Thiboeng North West Dockers 22/02/1991 164 64
20 Tshoboko Moagi Gauteng Blues 12/08/1990 177 72
22 Thando Dlamini Gauteng Blues 10/01/1992 162 68
23 Bayanda Sobetwa Western Cape Magpies 13/03/1990 183 87
24 Anele Magqwaka Western Cape Magpies 11/07/1984 176 83
25 Athenkosi Madikane Western Cape Magpies 28/12/1988 176 64
26 Thembinkosi Zwane Kwa Zulu Natal Eagles 27/08/1989 184 70
27 Lwazi Jawe Gauteng Blues 24/08/1987 187 83
28 Malibongwe Mlami Western Cape Magpies 5/01/1988 190 85
29 Willem Jonker North West Dockers 4/01/1985 187 92
30 Zola Mtiwetafa Western Cape Magpies 14/10/1987 190 102

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