Lyle Foster, a forward in the Burger King-sponsored South African U20 Men’s National Team (Amajita), has urged fans to come in numbers to see them over the line when they take on Mozambique in the second leg second round CAF U20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Sunday, 20 May 2018 at Moruleng Stadium at 15h00.
“The crowd in Beira City was overwhelming and encouraged their players a lot – we are just asking the South African faithful to come out in numbers to help us and motivate us as we are aware that the crowd can play a huge role. So we are asking the people of North West to come support and help us over the line in this important mission,” he said.
Foster and his compatriots arrived in Rustenburg on Monday evening (14 May) to continue with preparations for the crucial clash.
“South Africans can expect a good result from Amajita, we will give our best for the country seeing that we have an away goal – which is a positive. But we shouldn’t dwell much on the previous result. This is an entirely new game and Mozambique will want to come out stronger and eager to also get an away goal too,” added Foster.
The two nations played to a 1-1 draw this past weekend (Saturday 12 May) in Beira City, Mozambique.
“It took us a while to adapt in Mozambique because it was our first time playing together as a team. But our nerves settled later in the game and the confidence grew among the boys and we started gelling as a team,” added Foster.
“We implemented the game plan very well – even though we didn’t win but we got the all-important away goal. Now that we are here in Rustenburg we need to work hard and hopefully we can seal the result to secure progression to the next round.”
Foster would like to see himself playing in the Africa Cup of Nations as well as the World Cup stage.
“It would be a massive feat in my career because I have never played in either tournament in this age group. I was injured during the 2017 U17 AYC qualifiers and I was gutted that our team couldn’t qualify,” added Foster.
“But now that I am fit I feel I can contribute slightly to what the U20 team wants to achieve and hopefully I can do that in a positive manner and achieve my dream of playing in both the AFCON and the World Cup tournaments.”
The overall winner between South Africa and Mozambique will meet the winner between Malawi and Angola in the next round scheduled for July.