Learning curve for Chiefs’ Meyiwa
Posted: 5 June 2017 Time: 19:53
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Wiseman Meyiwa says the ongoing Fifa Under-20 World Cup was a learning experience for Amajita, who he admitted were out-classed.
South Africa left South Korea with just a solitary point from their three group-stage matches as they failed at the first hurdle, with Meyiwa acknowledging the strength of their group opponents Italy, Japan and Uruguay.
“The other teams played at a very high tempo and they are also tactically very mature in the sense of how the team is organised on the pitch,” the 17-year-old told his club’s website.
Meyiwa, who received acclaim from Italy coach Alberigo Evani, feels the squad learnt a lot by coming up against the best sides in the world in their age-group.
“This was already the second World Cup I played at,” he said. “It was sad that again we failed to reach the knockout stage. Our main problem was not converting the chances we got, that cost us. It was, however, a great experience. You learn the most when playing against the best and at a World Cup one plays against the best.”
Amajita’s group rivals Italy and Uruguay, along with England and Venezuela, have qualified for the final four of the global competition.