Thabo Senong happy with Amajita preparations ahead of final AFCON qualifier
Posted: 10 July 2018 Time: 09:45
Amajita coach Thabo Senong is pleased with his side’s showing in their friendly match against Zambia, and believes with some sharpening they will be ready to face Malawi.
The South African men’s Under-20 national team managed to fight to a 3-3 draw with Young Chipolopolo on Sunday, having to come from behind twice before eventually surrendering their lead late on.
Senong was satisfied with the outcome of the contest, as it was merely a preparatory match for their all-important first leg, final round Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifier this weekend.
“It was a good match, obviously against tough opposition in Zambia,” commented Senong.
“When we started preparations, we said we need information on our players, our physical levels and team chemistry. I’m happy we could see some positives.
“There’s still a few areas we need to improve, but overall I’m happy with the boys. We only had one session before the match; Zambia had three weeks’ camp, so I’d say there’s still plenty potential in our team.”
Amajita will host Malawi at the Moruleng Stadium on Sunday, with hopes of securing a healthy aggregate lead before the return leg a week later.
The Bafana Bafana assistant coach could take solace from the fact that his troops showed resilience to come from behind twice against Zambia, as he hopes to fine-tune their performance ahead of this weekend’s tie.
“Yeah, of course [we’re happy with the fighting spirit showed]. We do work on the mental toughness and attitudes of the boys,” he added.
“I think they understand the importance of playing international football – it’s all about concentrating for 90 minutes, giving everything, tactical application and of course playing winning football.
“Amajita will always try to play to win, and we pay a lot of attention on our performances to make sure all the boxes are ticked.
“[Despite the result], I still believe it was good preparation for Malawi. We now have some time to work on a few areas just to make sure that we sharpen the boys.”