Amajita have no room for error

SA National Teams

National under-20 midfielder Leo Thethani has stressed the importance of getting victories in their remaining FIFA World Cup group matches, after their defeat to Argentina over the weekend.

10-man Amajita were beaten 5-2 by the South Americans in Poland on Saturday night, even though they had a promising first half which saw them going into the break level at 1-1 with their opponents. Two VAR decisions, a penalty and a red card, against Amajita turned the match on its head for Senong and his boys.

They are determined to register their first three points in the competition when they take on Korea Republic tonight (20h30).

“We need to push for a win in the match against Korea Republic and then Portugal. We went into the Argentina game with the intention of winning that match,” Thethani said.

“Unfortunately things did not go our way following the penalty and the red card we got. My performance in that match was mainly centred on proving to our nation that we are fighters and not quitters. We were awarded a penalty which Lyle Foster converted and unfortunately we could not come back after the earlier set-backs,” he said.

“Looking at our remaining two matches,” Thethani added. “I have a strong belief that we are going to get the needed points which will guarantee us a place in the knockout rounds. We have worked really hard and our aim is to now push for all six points in our remaining two group matches.”

Thethani is delighted to be back in the Amajita squad, having missed out on the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year due to injury.

“It feels great to be back in the national set-up after being away for some time,” Thethani said. “I missed out on both the 2018 COSAFA Under-20 Championship and 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations because of the of a meniscus injury I got. I was out for a year and I am truly grateful to be representing my country again. I intend giving it my best for the nation.”