Amajita begin their AFCON campaign with a Group A clash against hosts Niger in Niamey on Saturday (17h30 SA time), looking to continue where they left off in the COSAFA Championships last year. Amajita clinched COSAFA gold in Zambia, winning four matches in a row to defend the crown.
Mkhuma, who is captain of Mamelodi Sundowns’ Multichoice Diski Challenge side, was named Player of the Tournament after his brilliant performances in the tournament and he will be one of the players Amajita coach Thabo Senong is banking on for success in the continental competition.
Amajita need to qualify for the semi-finals to book themselves a spot at the World Cup to be played in Poland later this year.
“Every match we played in COSAFA was a preparation clash for this year’s Africa U-20 Cup of Nations. We went all four matches in last year’s COSAFA edition without a single defeat, and we were very happy with that. Defending the COSAFA title was a great confidence booster for us and everybody is just fired up to do well against our opponents. We want to qualify for this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland,” Mkhuma told SAFA's website.
“Our primary objective is to reach the final four of this tournament, which will guarantee us a place in this year’s upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup.”
He added: “Once that is achieved, we will shift our focus in pushing our way into this year’s AFCON final, and possibly winning it for the nation. Our intention is to continue with this habit of grinding out positive results for the nation.”
Burundi and Nigeria are also in Amajita’s group.