4 February 2019 – A side which makes less mistakes in South Africa’s National Under-20’s (Amajita) upcoming CAF Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations Group A match against Nigeria, is the one that is going to win the encounter.
These are the words of Amajita coach Thabo Senong who reckons that good tactical discipline and hard work on the pitch, will see his side producing desired results against their West African opponents on 5 February 2019 at the Seyni Kouche Stadium.
That match will kick-off at 17H30 (SA time).
In their first Group A match, Amajita played to a 1-1 draw against hosts Niger, while Nigeria produced a 2-0 scoreline against Burundi.
Senong stated that watching the Nigeria vs Burundi match made it very clear to him that they just need to be focused for the entire 90 minutes, and every will flow according to their plan.
“The truth of the matter is we are in a tough group,” Senong said. “Every side that is participating in this tournament would like to see themselves surviving their group by finishing in the top two.
“Sides like Nigeria had a strong start,” Senong added. “They beat Burundi convincingly without conceding a single goal. We play them tomorrow and I believe that we need to be switched on mentally if we are to come out with a positive result at the end of fulltime.”
Senong added that he was expecting more of a tactical play from their Tuesday’s opponents as compared to a physical encounter, adding that both sides have good players who enjoy having the ball at their feet.
“It is going to be a tactical match because both sides have got a good technical staff with players who are also good on the ball,” Senong said. “A team that makes more mistakes is this encounter is the one that is going to lose in this upcoming matchup. We just need to make sure we minimize the possibility of such occurring on our side, and we will be just fine.”
A top two finish in this group will see Amajita earn their spot in this year’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup set to take place in Poland later in the year. Only four nations from this biennial eight-nation continental football tournament will get to represent CAF on the upcoming world stage.