Amajita coach Thabo Senong upbeat ahead of COSAFA Under-20 Championships semi-final
Posted: 13 December 2017 Time: 15:00
Amajita coach Thabo Senong welcomes their rematch with Egypt in the COSAFA Under-20 Championships semi-finals and has downplayed the suspensions of his skipper and goalkeeper.
South Africa are set to take on the Young Pharaohs in what will be a repeat of their final Group B clash, in which they came from behind to win 2-1 on Monday.
Senong is confident that his troops will be able to overcome the test, as he looks to continue the process of development by qualifying for their first competition final as a group.
“We’ll obviously be playing Egypt again in the semi-finals and we’re looking forward to the match,” said Senong.
“As we are fully aware as a team, knockout stages are a different match. Obviously the mental demands will be different but we are looking forward to this encounter.
“Like we said from the start, we came here to develop, to learn and give our players an opportunity to play against good teams from around the continent.
“This is the best opportunity. We will plan as a technical team and we’ll make sure we do everything to win this match, because it’s important to also go to the final.
“We have the talent, we believe in our boys and our team understands now how we want to play, and yes, we are very proud of the boys thus far, we believe they can do the job.”
Meanwhile, the Bafana Bafana assistant coach says the absence of two key figures in defender Thendo Mukumela and keeper Khulekani Kubheka, who featured in all three group games, is an opportunity for two new players to step in and make their mark.
“Obviously two players are suspended: Thendo Mukumela, the captain, and the keeper Khulekani Kubheka,” he added.
“But we don’t see challenges, we always see opportunities, because this is another opportunity for two players to come in and get a chance to represent Amajita.
“So, we don’t have any challenges with regards to the suspensions because we trust in the 20 players that we brought here.”