The South African u20 Men’s National Team, Amajita, begins the defence of their COSAFA u20 Cup title today (Wednesday, 7 December) against neighbours Lesotho at the Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg, North West.

The South African u20 Men’s National Team, Amajita, begins the defence of their COSAFA u20 Cup title today (Wednesday, 7 December) against neighbours Lesotho at the Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg, North West.

Kickoff is at 19h30.

Head coach of the Burger King-sponsored Amajita, Thabo Senong, says the first match is always important.

“Our preparations have gone very well, and the boys have managed to adapt quickly to the conditions of the area and the mood in camp is very high, which augurs well for the tournament ahead. All the boys are looking forward to the competion,” said Senong.

“We will not underestimate Lesotho because they come here with the same mission we have – that of winning the tournament. The first match becomes very important as it sets the tone for the rest of the competition. The challenge we saw from the last match we played against Kenya was converting the chances we create, so if we can do that against Lesotho then we are confident we will come out with a victory.”

The South Africans are hosting the tournament. They are also the defending champions, but Senong says this does not put them under any pressure.

“Remember we are using this event as preparations for the CAF u20 Africa Cup of Nations tournament which will be staged in Zambia next year, so we are not feeling any pressure – this is because pressure comes with anxiety, and that leads to underperformance. So it is important that they go out there and just enjoy themselves with the purpose of winning,” added Senong.

“Yes, the aim is to successfully defend our title as it will give the boys the much-needed confidence going to Zambia.”

Against Lesotho, Amajita will not have the services of defender Shane Saralina who is nursing an ankle injury.

“It doesn’t look serious for now, but he is definitely out of the Lesotho clash. The medical team is monitoring him to see how soon he can recover. Hopefully he will be available for our next match,” concluded the u20 mentor.


Fact File:

  • The 2016 COSAFA u20 Cup tournament runs until 16 December
  • The South African are in Group A alongside Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana
  • The 2016 COSAFA U-20 Cup will be the 23rd edition of the COSAFA U20 Cup
  • It is an international youth competition open to national associations of the COSAFA region
  • South Africa is hosting the tournament
  • The competition is open to players born on or before 1 January 1997, ensuring that all participants are also eligible for the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations.

GROUP A FIXTURES

07 December – 14h00
Swaziland vs Botswana – Moruleng Stadium

07 December – 19h30:
South Africa vs Lesotho – Moruleng Stadium

09 December 12 – 11h00:
Lesotho vs Botswana – Moruleng Stadium

09 December – 14h00:
South Africa vs Swaziland – Moruleng Stadium

12 December – 17h00:
Lesotho vs Swaziland – Mogwase Stadium

12 December – 17h00:
Botswana vs South Africa – Moruleng Stadium


Full Amajita squad for COSAFA u20 Cup
GOALKEEPERS:
Sanele Tshabalala Bidvest Wits FC
Darren Johnson Ajax Cape Town FC
Kopano Thuntsane Orlando Pirates FC
DEFENDERS:
Reeve Frosler Bidvest Wits
Shane Saralina Ajax Cape Town
Tercious Malepe (C) Orlando Pirates Development
Givemore Khupe Bidvest Wits FC
Kabelo Seriba FC Metta (Latvia)
Ahgmat Ceres Ajax Cape Town
MIDFIELDERS:
Siphumelele Mbulu Orlando Pirates Development
Wiseman Meyiwa Kaizer Chiefs Development
Sipho Mbule Harmony Academy
Sibongakonke Mbatha Bidvest Wits
Nkosingiphile Ngcobo Kaizer Chiefs Development
Kobamelo Kodisang Platinum Stars
Luther Singh Gaes (Sweden)
FORWARDS:
Itumeleng SHOPANE Kaizer Chiefs Development
Menzi NDWANDWE Amazulu
Keletso Makgalwa Mamelodi Sundowns
Sifundo Sibiya Bidvest Wits

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