Amajita coach Thabo Senong has asked for his charges to remain grounded in the backdrop of a historic 8-0 win over Lesotho in their opening match of the 2016 u20 COSAFA Cup tournament taking place at Moruleng Stadium in the North West.
The Burger King-sponsored juniors ran riot scoring three goals in a sizzling first half before burying the tiny neighbours with another avalanche of goals in the second half.
The result has set tongues wagging around the football loving South Africans with most saying this team might be the Dream Team in the making and if kept together might dominate the continent.
But Senong who is also Bafana Bafana assistant coach is refusing to get carried away and is rather busy plotting matches against Swaziland and Botswana on Friday and Sunday.
“This team has potential but the scoreline is, from my point of view, not a true reflection of the game’s proceedings.
Winning 8-0 was good for confidence but to be honest with you there are lots of areas which I and my technical team need to work on such as keeping position for longer periods,” said the modest Senong.
“This is work in progress but I have emphasised to the boys to remain humble; but overall I am very happy for the boys. They have put in a lot of work for what they have achieved so far. But there is still a lot of work still to be done,” he emphasised.
“I have told them to continue working hard and not to get too much into the comfort zone.”
Senong said he had lots of hope for this side because he had travelled the length and breadth of the country scouting for talent in a bid to build a balanced team. The outcome, added Senong, is to find a team that would service the country.
In building a winning team, Senong said it was imperative that the team retains the South African identity which includes quick passes and playing entertaining football. This, he said would ensure that the team sustains continuity.
“We want our u20 team to form the cornerstone of the future u23 that would qualify for the Olympics. In turn these Olympians must then be the future Bafana Bafana.”
The likable mentor said his dream in the future was to explore and experience the continent.
“One day, I would love to coach on the continent. I love experiencing new cultures and it is my wish to coach in East, Central Africa and so forth. I would love to do that because it is one thing which South African coaches are not exposed to – life outside the borders of the country.
South Africa has a lot of talented coaches but they should take this talent to neighbouring countries. Remaining within the same environment tends to inhibit people. Go out and try new things.