Amajita focus on their next goal after qualifying for the FIFA World Cup
Posted: 12 February 2019 Time: 06:00
The man whose goal booked Amajita’s place at the FIFA World Cup in Poland, Luke le Roux, says they will do whatever it takes to beat Senegal in the semi-finals of the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations.
Senegal were ruthless on their way to finishing on top of Group B, scoring nine goals in three matches, while Amajita scored twice in their round robin campaign. Both sides conceded just once in the group stages.
“It is not going to be an easy game for either side. However, we have studied our opponents and we know what to expect from them. The technical staff has been exceptional in preparing this team, and we are ready for Wednesday’s match. Now that we have completed the first mission of qualifying, we want to go all the way and see where we end up. Who knows, we may just bring back the gold. It would be a great achievement.”
Le Roux stepped up to take a spot kick in Amajita’s final group match against Burundi, but admits he was nervous.
“To be honest with you, I do not know what came over me when I decided that I would be the one taking the penalty kick. Nerves were there, however, I knew that scoring that goal would put us in pole position in reaching the final four of this tournament.
“Qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup was our primary objective, and I knew we had the capacity of protecting our lead, once we were a goal or two ahead. I am just glad we were able to do just that in that match.”