Thabo Senong explains Amajita's big win over Mozambique in U-20 African Nations Cup qualifying
Posted: 21 May 2018 Time: 10:30
Amajita coach Thabo Senong says good preparation underscored the 3-0 thumping of Mozambique in an U-20 African Nations Cup qualifier on Sunday.
Amajita advanced to the final round of qualifying courtesy of a brace from Orlando Pirates striker Lyle Foster and goal from Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Wiseman Meyiwa at Moruleng Stadium near Rustenburg. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw.
Senong's charges will battle Malawi - who beat Angola 5-3 on aggregate - in July for a spot at the 2019 U-20 AFCON, which will take place in Niger.
The top-four finishers at the continental showpiece will qualify for next year's U-20 World Cup, which will be held in Poland.
“Well done to the boys, they worked very hard to score the three important goals because we always knew that Mozambique will be a difficult team to beat as they are a quality team. So we needed to make sure that we convert our chances as early as possible and make sure we dominate other areas of the game like setplays, our defending and the transitions,” said Senong.
“It all boils down to good preparation and we have always believed in the boys and in what we are doing. But I believe with more time this team can be much better than this. With the limited time we had, we focused on the important aspects so that we can get results, because at the end of the day football is about results.”
He added: “Our road to Niger is really proving to be a difficult one. We are playing very ambitious teams that have prepared well. First it was Mozambique, who were not easy to beat, now it’s Malawi, one of the teams doing well in COSAFA. They are scoring a lot of goals, but they are also conceding. We need to work hard in our preparation to defeat them, but it will require a collective from everyone.
“Football has changed – teams are now experiencing a lot of pressure at home because of expectations from their fans, so that puts them in an anxiety mode. I am not surprised that Malawi battled to play at home, and the same with Angola at home. You can see with our match as well – we had a good game away, and Mozambique played better than us in South Africa.”