Senong at pains to name World Cup 21


Amajita will travel to South Korea for the global showpiece event, from 20 May to 11 June 2017, where they will play in Group D, which also includes Japan, Italy and Uruguay.

Senong has plenty of talent to choose from for his final traveling team, with the Amajita squad having recently impressed in the CAF Under-20 AFCON finals earlier this year, where they went as far as the third-place playoffs, which they ultimately lost to Guinea.

“Continuity is key. We have been with most of these players for the last 12 months or so, and when we select the final team we need not start from scratch. Most of them have been playing together for some time and I can confirm now that we are facing a huge challenge to select the 21 players needed for the tournament,” said Senong on the official SAFA website.

“At the same time, I believe we have a squad that can compete. We are still monitoring some local as well as overseas-based players because the door is not yet closed on anyone, and you may find a surprise.”

Senong added that they want to take it game by game at the tournament.

“I strongly believe we have the potential to go far in the World Cup, and I hope the players have enough confidence in themselves to believe it. We will take it day by day and focus on each game as it comes. The boys have really grown tactically and mentally in the past year and we would like to make this a World Cup to remember. The intention is to be in South Korea two weeks before the start of the tournament so we can adapt to the conditions and time zones as quickly as possible,” added Senong.