Left to right: Dlala, Mbatha, Mayo

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Amajimbos key players vs Korea DPR FIFA U-17 World Cup

Posted: 22 October 2015 Time: 18:19

KickOff.com takes a look at the players who could make a difference for SA’s U17 national side when they play Korea DPR tonight in their second match of the 2015 World Cup.

Molefi Ntseki’s boys are now on the back foot having lost 2-1 to Costa Rica in their first match in Group E and the game against the Asians is a must-win for Amajimbos if they are to boost their chances of reaching the last 16 of the tournament.

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Despite the loss to Costa Rica, there were Amajimbos players who put in a good showing like Athenkosi Dlala and those that will be hoping to do better this time like Khanyisa Mayo.

Athenkosi Dlala

The 17-year-old from Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape was widely commended for his calmness and confidence on the ball against Costa Rica with some on Twitter going as far as comparing him to Yaya Toure. All eyes would be on the SuperSport United youth midfielder to deliver again for Amajimbos and this time to end up on the winning side.

Sibongakonke Mbatha

Amajimbos players constantly lost possession against Costa Rica which contributed to the defeat and Mbatha, despite some good touches at times, was no exception. However, the young man from Ulundi in KwaZulu Natal believes the boys are fully focused on the job at hand. “The concentration levels are high,” he says.

Khanyisa Mayo

Mayo was on the score sheet against the Central Americans, but he was trending throughout the match for the wrong reasons. The 17-year-old, who is the son of former Bush Bucks, SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs striker Patrick Mayo, missed plenty of opportunities in the first match and was, rightly so, criticised for being very wasteful. However, the goal he scored at the death could be good for his confidence.

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