Wheelchair Basketball SA unveils U23 men’s squad world champs

Wheelchair Basketball South Africa (WBSA) is thrilled to announce the inspiring lineup of the Sasol U23 Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team, also known as the Sasol AmawheelaBoys.

The squad is poised to embark on a journey filled with passion and perseverance. This  will showcase true sportsmanship in their upcoming matches.

Under the expert guidance of the team’s esteemed coaching staff led by coach Trooper Johnson and his two assistants Siphamandla Gumbi and Sizwe Lechesa, Johnson said the squad selected is ready to compete and represent South Africa with pride.

Ready to reach greater heights

“Our South African U23 Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team is ready to reach greater heights. [It will] epitomise the true essence of athleticism and inspiring athletes and South Africans to live the impossible,” said  Johnson.

The 2025 IWBF Africa U23 Men World Championship Qualifiers to are be held in Cairo, Egypt, from January 20 – 30 2025. It will be the perfect stage for our young AmawheelaBoys to showcase their abilities. They will take on eight other countries for the right to represent Africa in another tournament. This one is the 2025 IWBF U23 Men World Championships later in the year.

The African qualifiers promise to be the biggest tournament yet for the U23 age group, with eight countries set to take part.

Big challenge for youngsters

It will not be any easy passage for the youngsters, and they will need to be at their very best to qualify.

These athletes bring localised narratives to the forefront. They will showcase that talents are found across the country. These are:


  • Andile “Deli” Brewer
  • Lukhanyo “Young Blood” Dengu
  • Ntando Nokama

 Scoring Guard

  • Molemo “Moli” Mphomela

Point Guard

  • Ezile Mcholwa
  • Petros “Mbappe” Mlife
  • Lusanda “Small” Manqele


  • Bongumenzi “Menzi” Biyela

Other positions

  • Nhlanhla Gwamanda
  • Scelimpilo “Stylo” Sibisi
  • Ntlantla “Nhleks” Mabongo
  • Sthembiso “Sthe” Nkosi
  • Khanya “Msholozi” Xundu

Coaching Staff

  • Head Coach: Trooper Johnson
  • Assistant Coach 1: Siphamandla Gumbi
  • Assistant Coach 2: Sizwe Lechesa
  • Assistant Coach 3: Martin Hoffman (Stats)
  • Assistant Coach 4: Nichodemus Mmitwe

Team Management

  • Team Manager 1: Katlego Mogapi
  • Team Manager 2: Ashleigh Stellenberg

Teams to take part in the 2025 IWBF Africa U23 Men World Championship are: South Africa, DR Congo, Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Algeria, and Libya.

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