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Khabo Zondo eyes 2013

Posted: 5 December 2010 Time: 21:33

Amajita arrived in Gaborone on Saturday afternoon for the 2010 Metropolitan Cosafa Under-20 Championship, feeling the effects of a long journey home, following their warm-up trip to Sierra Leone for an 8-team tournament that included teams from Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire. 

Coach Khabo Zondo said he was hoping the players would be able to perform at a decent level in their opening match against Lesotho on Monday.   “We have travelled for about 30 hours so it’s not ideal to be playing so soon after such a long trip but we will take it into account and try to give a good performance against Lesotho,” he said.   Amajita were surprisingly beaten at home recently by Lesotho in an African Youth Championship qualifier, but bounced back to win the return leg in Maseru, leaving Zondo feeling confident they can get one over their neighbours this time around.   “Those games against Lesotho do not affect my thinking at all. We are now in a tournament and Lesotho are just one of our opponents. We are here to beat everyone we come up against, and our aim is to lift the trophy,” said Zondo.   The tournament offers Zondo the opportunity to blood some newer players into the set-up, with a view to the future, particularly the 2013 African Youth Championship.   With the exception of Philani Kwela, a veteran of the 2007 Metropolitan Cosafa Under-20 Championship, the rest of the squad will get their first taste of international competition at this level. “I don’t want to talk about any individuals. Overall, this is a very inexperienced squad, with the average age between 17 and 18 years old. I am working towards 2013 and because the team no longer has the same sponsorship as in previous years, we anticipate fewer preparation matches over the period leading up to the tournament so I cannot afford to use players now that won’t be eligible in two and a half years’ time. That’s why I hope to keep this group together in order for it to mature at the right time.”   Meanwhile, Lesotho coach, Victor Notsi, reiterated Zondo’s assessment of the previous clashes between the sides, saying, “Forget the past, that is gone. We are under no pressure. We’ve played one match already and know that a victory over South Africa will virtually put us into the semifinals, and that is all we are focused on.”   The tournament kicked off on Friday, with Zimbabwe silencing the home crowd with a comprehensive 3-0 win over the hosts in a Group A clash at the University of Botswana. On Saturday, Lesotho and Namibia drew 2-2 in their opening Group B fixture, while Zambia and Angola also finished level at 2-2 in their Group C match. Over in Molopolole, Madagascar thumped the Seychelles 5-0 to take control of Group D.   With Sunday scheduled as a rest day, the competition continues on Monday, with Amajita facing Lesotho in Group B and the Seychelles meeting Mozambique in Lobatse, while in Molopolole, Mauritius play Angola and Botswana play Swaziland, hoping to stay alive to maintain local interest. 

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posted: 09:38 am
This guy,Zondo must go,he is taking us nowhere.He is clueless,has relegated two teams(Tembisa Classic,Bay United) in PSL and was about to do the same with Bloem Celtics until DaGama came to rescue them.

SAFA should take development seriously and employ a good and experienced coach.This is what is killing our foootball because we take any unemployed coach and shoved him to the junior sides and hope for good results.
Super Green
posted: 09:51 am
@Vuvu - I couldn't agree with you more he is useless and is on the SAFA gravy train
posted: 10:29 am
Zondo must go, I think Roger de Sa can do better job
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 10:38 am
people Steve Komphela, Khabo Zondo, Simon ngomane, August makalakalane, ......these people know nohting about coaching, they can coach a team into oblivion.come on, Zondo must just go!!! our psl teams have very good development teams in africa, like ivory coast and ghana, but he keeps losing to Lesotho, hell the boys arent even paid. Zondo in just dung, seriously, come on, this guy must just go. full stop.
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