Amajimbos to rebuild after early exit from the U-17 World Cup
Posted: 28 October 2015 Time: 14:32
The South Africa Under-17 team is set to undergo a rebuilding phase following their early exit from the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, according to coach Molefi Ntseki.
Fifteen of the 21 Amajimbos players that travelled to Chile earlier this month are already 17-years-old, meaning over 70 percent of Ntseki's squad will no longer be eligible to play for the team as of 2016.
The squad returned from Chile, via Sao Paulo, on Wednesday morning, where Ntseki revealed that SAFA held 'trials' earlier this year to identify youngsters to take over from the current crop of players.
“We have already started with our [rebuilding] programme. We had an U-15 tournament at the Nike Training Centre in Soweto, where the various provinces were represented,” said the Amajimbos boss.
“From there we selected 40 players that will be going into camp in December, so that we can start working towards a team to prepare for the [2017 U-17 Youth Championship] qualifiers in July next year.”
The 46-year-old adds that the technical team’s experience gained at this year’s World Cup will help them build a side that can continue to compete internationally.
“I think, from where we are, with the experience that we have, we’ll be taking it into the next group that will be coming in.
“Hopefully we will have the quality and strength – mental strength in particular – for them to understand that they will be coming into this team where the ones before them have done so well to have qualified for the World Cup.
“I think it will be a bit of pressure for the new group, but we will be there to help them and to make sure that we give them the best support that they can get.”