South African Men’s U20 National Team coach, Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba, has retained the bulk of the team that did duty against Ethiopia in the first leg of the African Youth championship qualifier in Addis Ababa last weekend (11 May 2014).
After a short break, Amajita are back in camp for the second leg of the 2015 Senegal African Youth Championships qualifier, which takes place on Sunday, 25 May 2014 at Biest Wits Stadium.
Kickoff is at 15h00.
The South Africans won the first leg 2-0 courtesy of goals from Siyanda Ngubo and Tsepo Chaine.
A win for Amajita this weekend will see them play Cameroon in the third and final round of qualifiers.
The overall winner between the two nations will qualify for the 19th Edition of the African Youth Championships which will be held in Senegal from 8 – 22 March in 2015.
The top four teams in the tournament will represent Africa at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup tournament in New Zealand.
Amajita have been in camp since Sunday, 18 May.
“I am glad that all the boys are in as expected with the exception of Morne Nel who was unable to join us. We have the aantage of the two goals we scored in Addis Ababa. Now the priority is to consolidate the victory by going for more goals, but at the same time we should be careful not to give them opportunities to score. But we will not sit back as it could prove dangerous,” said Mashaba.
“We saw what they are capable of. They can play when given space so we need tigers in the middle of the park to thwart any danger the opponents could pose, we don’t want them to play at all.
“The good thing also is that we have kept the bulk of the players that did duty in the first leg for continuity, as you can’t afford to change the team too much. If it is not broken, don’t fix it. On Sunday we must continue from where left off in Addis.”
Source : South African Football Association