Khwela confident of Amajita win


After losing to Mali on Sunday, the South Africans revived their hopes of qualifying for the African Youth Championship semifinals when they beat Lesotho 2-1 at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday.

Speaking to, Amajita captain Philani Khwela says they are ready to die for their country when they come up against the Young Pharaohs in Soweto on Saturday.

“Even though we are aiming to win the tournament, the main priority is to qualify for the World Cup and a win against Egypt on Saturday will set up our trip to Colombia.

“We don’t know much about the Egyptians except that they like to play long balls, but our coach will come up with a good plan. It’s going to be a do-or-die for us on Saturday and with the mood in the camp at the moment, I am confident that we will go past Egypt.”

Khwela attributes their victory over Lesotho to great the motivation from the technical team.

“The coach sat down with the team and told us to forget about the game against Mali. He said despite the defeat we played well and we needed to focus on our next game.”

Amajita are in third position on the log, but with same number of points as Egypt, who have a better goal-difference having beaten Lesotho 2-0 in Soweto on Sunday.