The South African u17 Men’s National Team, Amajimbos, will hit the ground running when they get to Goa, India to partake in the inaugural BRICS u17 Football Cup.

The South African u17 Men’s National Team, Amajimbos, will hit the ground running when they get to Goa, India to partake in the inaugural BRICS u17 Football Cup.

Amajimbos are expected to arrive in the Indian city on Thursday night (6 October 2016) following a delayed departure.

The South Africans play their first match against the hosts on Friday, 7 October at Bambolin Grounds.

Kickoff is at 16h00 local time (12h30 SA Time).

Amajimbos have been in camp since Thursday, 29 September and have had two practices matches against Pimville Young Stars and the Supersport Academy – losing 2-1 and 3-1 respectively.

“This was a very welcome exercise on different fronts. First we had to see how far they were in terms of fitness, as well as technical and tactical readiness. Based on our findings from that match, we worked out a programme because had been busy with exams. Then we also played against Supersport United to give us an idea of what we needed to work on,” said Amajimbos head coach Molefi Ntseki.

“The results were not that important to us because we were on a fact-finding mission. The loss to Pimville Youngsters was a wake-up call for our players as we were playing against bigger and older boys. When you look at the practice matches and want to emphasise on the results, then you end up not having a very positive mind going into a tournament – the emphasis was more on tactical mistakes, which we had to rectify.”

Ntseki is not too bothered by the late arrival in India.

“To be honest we would have loved to be there as early as possible to also acclimatize, but due to matters beyond our control we were not able to. We cannot cry over spilt milk but have to soldier on. From the delay, we were able to fit in more training sessions so we departed South Africa ready to play, having completed our preparations,” added Ntseki.

He has emphasised the importance of getting off to a good start.

“It is very important to win your first match as it sets the tone for the rest of the tournament. If you do well in your first match, then you have an opportunity to go all the way to the final,” said Ntseki.

The u17 mentor has had to make changes to the initial team after some players suffered injuries – Thapelo Gaogatwe, Thabiso Monyane and Sphamandla Ntuli, while Linamandla Mcilizeli and Bonga Dladla have had to be withdrawn due to passport problems. Dladla was a late withdrawal, leaving Amajimbos with 21 players.

Kabelo Makola (Bophelo High School), Thabo Mokoena (Kaizer Chiefs) as well as Sthembiso Kurata and Mpho Mahlangu (both from Supersport United) have been called up as replacements.

Meanwhile India lost their opening match 1-0 to a ten-man Russia on Wednesday, 5 October at Bambolin Grounds.

Russia scored through Lopatin Daniil in the 4th minute.

Brazil were comfortable 2-0 winners over China in the earlier match.

  • The BRICS u17 Football Cup will be played at the Fatorda Stadium as well as the National Sports Stadium Bambolin
  • It will feature the five BRICS countries – economic block formed by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa
  • It will be played annually
  • Each edition will be hosted by one of the BRICS nations
  • It is also seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2017 FIFA u17 World Cup which will be hosted by India from September – October 2017

BRICS u17 FOOTBALL CUP FIXTURES:

Round Robin Stage – Bambolin Ground

Wednesday, 5 October
China 0 – 2 Brazil
Russia 1 – 0 India

Friday, 7 October
South Africa vs India, 16h00 (12h30 SA Time)
China vs Russia, 20h00

Sunday, 9 October
Brazil vs Russia, 16h00

South Africa vs China, 20h00 (16h30 SA Time)

Tuesday, 11 October
India vs China, 16h00
Brazil vs South Africa, 20h00 (16h30 SA Time)

Thursday, 13 October
Russia vs South Africa, 16h00 (12h30 SA Time)
India vs Brazil, 20h00

3rd & 4th Place Play Off – PJN Stadium Fatorda

Saturday, 15 October
Group 3rd Place vs Group 4th Place, 10h00 (06h30 SA Time)

FINAL – PJN Stadium Fatorda

Saturday, 15 October
Group Winner vs Group Runner Up , 15h30 (12h00 SA Time)


SA u17 MEN’S SQUAD TO INDIA

GOALKEEPERS:
TSHEPO MOHUI SUPERSPORT UNITED
GLEN BAADJIES MAMELODI SUNDOWNS
RHUWANO WYNNE ROYAL BLUES
DEFENDERS:
MSWATI MAVUSO GLENEDENE
LUKE FLEURS FISH-HOEK
SECHABA MOKOENA HARMONY ACADEMY
LETHABO MAZIBUKO ORLANDO PIRATES
NKANYISO SHINGA KZN ACADEMY
THABO MOKWENA KAIZER CHIEFS
MIDFIELDERS:
JAQUEEL DE JAGER CAPE TOWN CITY
MJABULISE MKHIZE MAMELODI SUNDOWNS
TYREESE PILLAY PIMVILLE YOUNG STARS
SABELO RADEBE KAIZER CHIEFS
NDAMOLELO RADZILANI PIMVILLE YOUNGSTARS
LUKE LE ROUX IKAPA SPORTING
KABELO MAKOLA BOPHELO SCHOOL
THABISO MONYANE ORLANDO PIRATES
SIFUNDO NKOSI DOUBLE CLASSIC
STRIKERS:
LYLE FOSTER ORLANDO PIRATES
MPHO MAHLANGU SUPERSPORT UNITED
STHEMBISO KURATA SUPERSPORT UNITED

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