8 February 2019 – South Africa’s National Under-20 (Amajita) squad arrived safely in the city of Maradi from Niamey ahead of their final CAF Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations Group A encounter against Burundi scheduled for later this afternoon.
That match will take place at the Stade de Maradi at 17H30 (SA time).
Amajita coach Thabo Senong reported a clean bill of health from his charges coming from the two group matches they have played in, adding that they are raring to go ahead of this crucial tie.
As it stands, Amajita are third in Group A with two points together with second placed hosts Niger, who possess a better goal difference than them.
A possible win against Burundi will guarantee Amajita a place in the knockout stages of this continental football competition, regardless of how things pan out in the Nigers vs Nigeria match.
Senong stated that he and his charges will fight tooth and nail to ensure that they qualify for this year’s 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup set to take place in Poland later in the year.
“The team arrived safe here in Maradi,” Senong said. “I am glad to report that we do not have any injuries leading up to this crucial clash against Burundi.”
“It will not be an easy match, however, the boys are looking forward to that challenge. We will have a tactical light session this afternoon just to address a few things before this crucial tie.”
Senong added that he and his technical staff will do everything in their power to ensure that the team comes out with a win against Burundi.
“We will work as hard as we can to come out with a winning result Senong said.
“We are well aware of the fact that it will not be easy, however, we will do everything in our powers to ensure that we come out with that desired result.”