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Amajimbos disappointed with China draw at BRICS U-17 Football Cup

Posted: 10 October 2016 Time: 14:00

South Africa U-17 striker Lyle Foster says the team is disappointed with the goalless draw against China at the BRICS U-17 Football Cup in Goa, India on Sunday.

Amajimbos failed to convert numerous chances at Bambolim Stadium, leaving Molefi Ntseki's side on four points from two games, while China have a  point from three.

“As an individual I missed chances which on another day I would have easily buried. I am disappointed because I know I can do better. As for the entire team it was a huge disappointment to get only one point from the match because the players from China were very tired as this was their third match, and only our second, we should have taken advantage,” said Foster.

“But it happens in football where we create many chances but don’t convert. We did well except for the lack of goals. The opportunities were there, but the final touch, the decision making and finishing were just not there. It’s good to get a point than lose all three and in that way we don’t fall too far behind on the table as we are eyeing the final of this tournament.”

Amajimbos on Tuesday (16h30 kick-off SA time) face table-topping Brazil, who beat China and Russia in their previous outings.

“I watched Brazil's game against Russia on Sunday, they are a good team but if we apply the plan we have for them, if we implement it to perfection, then we will come out victorious. Should we beat Brazil and do the same with Russia then we will make it to the final. The draw against China may have derailed us but it hasn’t stopped us from going ahead with our mission of reaching the final,” added Foster.

“We need to make our mark in this tournament. Knowing we did not win the COSAFA CUP and did not beat Tanzania in the CAF Africa Youth Championship qualifiers, we would like to show that we missed out on those two competitions mainly because of our mistakes. This tournament as a whole is a great platform for any junior national teams, and we really appreciate being part of it. We just hope we can go all the way and lift the trophy.”
China     0 - 2         Brazil
Russia   1 - 0         India
SA         1 - 0         India                                                           
China    1 - 4         Russia                                                        
Brazil    2 – 0        Russia                                                                          
SA         0 – 0        China
Tuesday, 11 October
India vs China                                                                        16h00
Brazil vs South Africa                                                           20h00 (16h30 SA Time)
Thursday, 13 October
Russia vs South Africa                                                          16h00 (12h30 SA Time)
India vs Brazil                                                                       20h00
3rd & 4th Place Play Off – PJN Stadium Fatorda
Saturday, 15 October
Group 3rd Place vs Group 4th Place                                     10h00 (06h30 SA Time)
FINAL – PJN Stadium Fatorda
Saturday, 15 October
Group Winner vs Group Runner Up                                      15h30 (12h00 SA Time)

Article by: Staff Reporter
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