20 November 2017 – The Burger King sponsored South African Men’s Under-20 National Team, is back in camp in preparation for the 2017 COSAFA U20 Youth Championships to be hosted in Kitwe, Zambia between 6 and 16 December 2017.
Amajita held their first training session on Sunday, 19 November under the watchful eye of Bafana Bafana Head Coach Stuart Baxter; who was invited to conduct the first training session and give some insight to the players about the importance of junior tournaments in respect to building their experience on the African continent.
Amajita head coach Thabo Senong started the camp with only 21 players instead of the expected 26 as some were withdrawn from the squad due to school exams. However, this has not derail his plans as he believes the pool of players is big enough to give new players a chance to join the Amajita set up.
“We had a great response from all 21 players in the first training session and we are very grateful to all the clubs that released their players. We are going to have an intense week of training in preparation for the COSAFA U20 Youth Championships and announce our preliminary squad as soon as possible” said Senong.
“We decided to invite coach Baxter to allow the players to meet the coach and for him to share some of his experience as they are the future senior players. The players were very excited to have a session under him;”said Senong.
South Africa has been drawn into group B of the tournament and will be looking to defeat Egypt, Mozambique and Mauritius on their route to the final where they lost out to this year’s tournament hosts Zambia in the 2016 edition.