7 December 2018 – Undermining eSwatini in their final COSAFA Under-20 Championship Group B clash by virtue of the fact that eSwatini lost 4-0 against Mauritius in their previous match, will prove costly for South Africa’s national Under-20 squad (Amajita).
These are the words of Amajita coach, Thabo Senong who warned that the national juniors cannot afford to walk into their final group match against the Swazis thinking that it is going to be a walk in the park.
Amajita need only win or draw in Saturday’s (8 December 2018) encounter to progress into the final four of the Southern regional junior football tournaments.
The match will take place at Nkana Stadium at 13h00.
“We had a good training session leading up to our Saturday’s game” Senong said. “I am also happy to report that we do not have any injuries to worry about building up to this crucial clash.
“In our session, we worked on a few tactical variations because eSwatini is a completely different side as compared to Mauritius (whom they beat 5-0 in their opening group match).”
Senong added: “We are not going to undermine them based on how they performed against Mauritius. They played really well in that match, however made a few errors which proved to be costly on their side.”
Senong also mentioned that he had a proper sit-down with his players where they went through a video analysing session to identify eSwatini’ strengths and weaknesses. Senong added that the session helped his players a lot to understand what they would be up against in this crucial tie.
“Our approach has always been to take things one game at a time building to this tournament,” Senong said.
“This approach helps our players to focus on minimizing errors in every match they play in, while also pushing for a winning result as well. This also helps them to settle in every match they get to play, while enjoying themselves as well.”