National under-20 coach Thabo Senong says they'll require mental strength against Nigeria
Posted: 5 February 2019 Time: 06:00
National under-20 coach Thabo Senong says they need to be “switched on” when they take on Nigeria in their second match at the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations tonight.
Amajita played to a 1-1 draw with hosts Niger in their opening Group A match on Saturday and now need to overcome a Nigerian side that beat Burundi 2-0 to go top of the standings.
“The truth of the matter is we are in a tough group. Every side that is participating in this tournament would like to see themselves surviving their group by finishing in the top two,” Senong is quoted as saying on the Safa website.
“Sides like Nigeria had a strong start. They beat Burundi convincingly without conceding a single goal. We play them tomorrow and I believe that we need to be switched on mentally if we are to come out with a positive result at the end of fulltime.
“It is going to be a tactical match because both sides have got a good technical staff with players who are also good on the ball. A team that makes more mistakes is this encounter is the one that is going to lose in this upcoming matchup. We just need to make sure we minimize the possibility of such occurring on our side, and we will be just fine.”