Senong tells Amajita to focus on baby Mambas

08 December 2017 - 09:51 By Nick Said
Bidvest Wits and South Africa Under-20 (Amajita) midfielder inn action against Mauitius in their opening game of the 2017 Cosafa Cup Championships held in Zambia.
Bidvest Wits and South Africa Under-20 (Amajita) midfielder inn action against Mauitius in their opening game of the 2017 Cosafa Cup Championships held in Zambia.
Image: Safa.net via Twitter

Amajita coach Thabo Senong has urged his charges to forget about their hard-fought 2-0 win over Mauritius and focus on beating Mozambique in their second Group B clash at the 2017 Cosafa Under-20 Championships in Zambia on Saturday.

Orlando Pirates’ teenage forward Lyle Foster scored twice as a second-half substitute as South Africa eventually broke down a stubborn Mauritian defence on Thursday to get their campaign off to a winning start.

Mozambique were beaten 1-0 by North African guest nation Egypt in their opener on Wednesday and aside from having had an extra 24 hours to recover and prepare‚ will also be a step-up in quality from the islanders.

“It was a good result from the boys‚ Mauritius are a good team‚ they worked very hard and frustrated us with long balls‚ but we dealt with them very well‚” Senong said.

“We knew it would not be easy to score a goal‚ we just needed to be more patient and play our game and try to look for moments of transition. They [the goals] came very late‚ but well done to the boys because we capitalised on them.

“Mozambique are tough opposition again. We just need to look at their strengths and weaknesses and plan. It is back to the drawing board‚ we need to go back to training and try to plan for the next opposition.

“We need to forget about Mauritius now and focus more on Mozambique.”

Senong has a much-changed squad from the one that picked up the silver medal in this competition last year and competed at the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in South Korea in May.

He has a fresh batch of young stars‚ most aged 18 years or under‚ who will still be eligible for the side at the 2019 World Cup should the side qualify.

Amajita play their final pool match against the slick Egyptians on Monday‚ and with just the top team in each of the three pools and the best-placed runner-up advancing to the semifinals‚ it could be a winner-takes-all encounter.

South Africa were last champions of the region in 2013 – their fifth title – when they took the trophy under coach Shakes Mashaba.


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