Amajimbos captain Nelson Maluleke says defeat to Korea DPR will end their U-17 World Cup in Chile
Posted: 21 October 2015 Time: 11:36
Amajimbos captain Nelson Maluleke is well aware the team risks elimination from the U-17 World Cup if they fail to beat Korea DPR on Thursday.
Molefi Ntseki's charges lost 2-1 to Costa Rica on Monday in their Group E opener in Concepcion, Chile.
Maluleka says lessons were learnt from South Africa's first ever appearance at the FIFA event.
“Honestly, we are very proud [of how we played against Costa Rica],” he says.
“Even though we lost, I think we did our best and we managed to create a number of goalscoring chances, but [losing] is part of the game.
“We are looking forward to our coming match, which is against Korea DPR, and we will do our best and work according to what we learnt from our first match.”
The SuperSport United youth midfielder has called on his teammates to be more creative, composed and clinical in front of goal in their next match.
“Coming into our next game, we need to make sure that we take our chances and create more opportunities to score goals so that we can come out with a positive result.
“We did create chances [in our first game], but we weren’t patient enough when it comes to taking our chances, which was our biggest mistake.
“We’ll be working on that in training, and keep on trying to convert our chances so that we can win the match,” he adds.
The 17-year-old has reiterated his coach’s sentiments in that Thursday’s fixture is a must-win, and concedes that a loss against Korea DPR will effectively end their maiden World Cup campaign.
“Now it’s a must-win. We really need to win this game because if we lose, it’s going to be like [our World Cup] will be over.
“We’re looking forward to winning our second match, which will put us in a good position to advance to the next stage.”