Head coach of the South African Men’s Under-17 National Team (Amajimbos), Molefi Ntseki is confident his team will show more improvement against Botswana on Sunday, 6 July after two grueling sessions since their first clash on Thursday (3 July) which the South Africans won 2-0.
Botswana and Amajimbos meet in a full international at the Molepolole Stadium at 15h00.
Ntseki has been focusing more on the defence to ensure his side is stable.
“After watching the boys in our first match, I have a strong belief that they will be up to the task again. They have shown great belief in themselves and are starting to understand each other better and also grasp my philosophy. It will take time but we will get there. The match on Sunday will be to see if there has been any improvement from our last game so that when we go to Lesotho next week we are able to build up to the all-important clash with Tanzania,” said Ntseki.
His words were echoed by SAFA NEC member Gladwin White, who is travelling with the squad as the Head of Delegation in Botswana.
“We have a mammoth task ahead of us to qualify for the 2015 African Youth Championships but the hard work starts now. You did well against Botswana in the first match now the challenge is to better that when you face them again on Sunday. Development is what the South African Football Association is about and it begins with you. You are the future of this country, and having been given the opportunity to be here you need to grab it with both hands. For now forget a bit about Tanzania and focus on Botswana,” said White.
The 2015 African Youth Championship qualifier will be played on Friday, 18 July in Dar es Salaam.