The South African Men’s U20 National Team, Amajita, welcome Ethiopia for the second round second leg 2015 Africa Youth Championship qualifier scheduled to be played on Sunday, 25 May 2014 at the Dobsonville Stadium.
The South African Men’s U20 National Team, Amajita, welcome Ethiopia for the second round second leg 2015 Africa Youth Championship qualifier scheduled to be played on Sunday, 25 May 2014 at the Dobsonville Stadium. Kickoff is at 15h00.
South Africa takes a 2-0 lead into the match and the players have vowed to continue from where they left off against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa two weeks ago.
“We are pushing each other and the coach is helping in the best way he can to ensure we are ready for Sunday. The approach will be the same as from the first leg, we will go there with an open mind now that we know how Ethiopia plays. We know what to expect, they are no longer a closed book and we are confident will get a positive result,” said captain Ayabulela Maqgwaka.
Amajita are also aware that complacency could lead to their downfall.
“The boys are always ready and they show it here at training, we don’t wait for the match. We spoke about the lead in our meeting and we all agreed that the upcoming match is a completely new game, the past result doesn’t count. We are going for a win to ensure we proceed to the next round. We are under pressure because we are playing at home and we have to bring good results,” said forward Nhlakanipho Ntuli.
“Our approach will be like in the first game and we don’t want to give them a chance to turn the tables. We have to fight to get that victory but we are confident because of the way we played in the first leg and we believe in ourselves.”
Ntuli’s words were echoed by defender Denwin Farmer who played a major role in the 2-0 victory.
“The practice match we played this week was a worthwhile exercise. We managed to get the ball into the opposition goal area and score some goals. This is significant because we had a lot of chances in Ethiopia and did not convert them. So this match was very important,” said Farmer.
“We are going into Sunday’s match with a very positive mentality, not a relaxed one that says we have a good lead. Home matches are the most difficult because your parents, friends and club mates are there watching, so there is a lot of pressure on us. But I believe the practice match gave us the confidence and I am certain we will deliver.”
The overall winner will face Cameroon in the third and final round of qualifiers.