Foster: No honeymoon for Amajita

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South Africa overcame a young Mambas side with a 4-1 aggregate score, thanks largely to a near-perfect 3-0 victory at home last weekend, with Wiseman Meyiwa and Foster’s brace securing their passage to the next round.

Thabo Senong’s charges will next face the Young Flames in the third and final round of qualification for a place in Niger come February next year.

Foster – one of the few members of the squad who enjoys topflight football – says they will need to respect the Malawians, who overcame a 2-1 deficit from their home leg to register a resounding 4-1 thrashing of Angola on home soil to reach this stage of the campaign.

“They’re a team we need to respect. They lost their first leg and won the second, which shows a team of massive character,” said Foster.

“For us, we need to go into the game and humble ourselves, understanding that this past victory [over Mozambique] means nothing, because if we win the first leg they’ve shown they can come back in the second leg.

“So, going to Malawi there is no honeymoon. We just need to remain focused and try and get the job done.”

With Senong’s 2017 U-20 FIFA World Cup squad having graduated, the current crop of players are fairly foreign to one another, coming from different backgrounds and various tiers of South African football.

However, Foster praised the effort shown by his teammates in their two-week preparation camp as they came together to form a strong unit and show their winning mentality.

“I’m really proud of the boys – we came in for two weeks and finished the job against Mozambique, even though it was our first time meeting some of the guys,” he added.

“I think the bond has strengthened and coming up against Malawi should be a bit easier in terms of the team gelling, but obviously not in playing against them.

“But with all the components as perfect as it was in the second leg against Mozambique, we can grind a result from both legs.”

Amajita are set to host Malawi in the first leg before travelling for the second leg, both of which are scheduled to take place in July.