Amanita coach Thabo Senong gives praise to his player for FIFA World Cup qualification
Posted: 11 February 2019 Time: 06:36
National under-20 coach Thabo Senong praised his players for qualifying for the FIFA World Cup during their participation at the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations.
Amajita finished second in Group A on five points, after their draws against hosts Niger and Nigeria, and a narrow 1-0 victory over Burundi, to book themselves a spot at the World Cup that will take place in Poland in May.
It’s the fourth time Amajita qualify for the World Cup, having previously participated in 1997, 2009 and 2017.
Amajita will face Senegal in the first semi-final on Tuesday, looking to qualify for the final after they finished fourth last time round in Zambia.
“I am really proud of these boys. They really worked hard as a team throughout our group fixtures. We had two tactical approaches which I believe we applied really very well if you were to observe how we played in our first two group matches [against Niger and Nigeria], and how we approached our last group match against Burundi,” Senong is quoted as sayong on the SAFA website.
“We knew what we had to do if we were to achieve something in this tournament. We are now looking forward to our upcoming knockout stage fixture against Senegal. Also, i would like to thank everyone for their support in helping this team realise its dream – SAFA, Burger King, technical and support staff, the fans back home, but most importantly the players who came to the party when needed. They deserve the praise for executing the plan to perfection.”
Last time Amajita were at the World Cup they were knocked out in the first round and will be hoping for a much better showing this time round.