Cape Town - Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt feels Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter should opt for under-20 players to avoid complications with the African Nations Championship.
Baxter's side has been severely depleted with no less than ten players withdrawing from his original squad to face Zambia on Saturday - with Premiership side's recalling their players ahead of the new season.
Hunt, who led the Students to their maiden league title success last season, says development should be the first priority over results with players who have no long-term future with the senior national team.
"I think that you should take the under-20s there," he told IOL website. "If you lose, lose with a future.
"I wouldn't even look at the players who are 27-28. I would go with the Under-20s, unless they're playing in the first team. It should be youngsters playing there.
"They might even get a better team. The intentions of that tournament are good, but with the way football is right now, the money invested in it, you won't easily release players for that."