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U-20s continue training

The team is training under the custodianship of caretaker coach, Noel Wagapu, who is managing the team until a fulltime coach is appointed.
Wagapu says that the team is training 3 times a week including the mid week trial matches which are held every Wednesday. The other training days are Monday and Friday.
“The team is continuing to address the basics such as passing, shooting and set pieces at this stage,” says Wagapu.
“There are many excellent players in the team and there also are players who will need to improve in their discipline and their commitment to training. This is a national representative side so I am expecting a lot from them.”
The announcement that the Our Telekom National U-20 Championship scheduled for November is confirmed is being viewed as another plus by the training squad management.
The national U-20 championship scheduled for the final 2 weeks in November will bring together 200 youth players from 10 provinces and will greatly complement the selection of players for the final team that will travel to Auckland come April 2010.
Wagapu says that he hopes that the national U-20 championship will identify additional talent that can be drafted into the training squad.
Wagapu is also relaxed about releasing his players to play for their home provinces in the national U-20 championship especially considering that a number of them are provincial players anyway.
“Having the U-20 training squad play as a single team is ideal because the coaches can further look at how the players will perform in a competitive match,” Wagapu says but admitted that some players will opt to represent their provinces.
Players like Samson Koti, Leonard Rokoto and Cornelly Rata are expected to be recalled to their respective provinces for the U-20 championship.
The final U-20 squad will be announced at the end of the year.

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