Senong: We stuck to our guns


South Africa edged the Young Pharaohs with a 1-0 scoreline at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe, Zambia thanks to a third goal of the tournament for Luvuyo Mkatshana.

Senong commended the quality of opposition in the North African guest nation, but was proud of the way his charges stuck to their guns to see out the result.

“Again, we played against a very good Egyptian team and well done to our boys,” said Senong in his post-match interview.

“We stuck to our game plan, we knew they would dominate possession so we were always waiting for the right moments to play on transition.

“But well done to the boys. Now, of course, we need to go back to the drawing board and look forward to the next match and try to improve a few things.”

Amajita will this evening find out who they will face in the tournament final set for Saturday afternoon, as Uganda and Lesotho battle it out in the second semi-final.

Senong believes his new-look Amajita team has shown improvement with each passing match, and believes the development is set to continue as they compete in their first final as a group.

“In line with our aims to come here and develop, learn from other teams and coaches, we’ve played four games so far and you can see our team is gradually becoming better,” he added.

“Of course the cup final will again be a different match, and again we just need to analyse and improve ourselves because it won’t be easy.

“At the end of the day the people who will benefit most is the players, because they are developing, playing against good teams and in tough conditions.

“So, well done to the boys and the entire Amajita staff, because it was all a collective effort and not only me as a coach – there’s a lot of people involved in the process and progress of the team.”