Posted: 15 March 2017
Amajita coach Thabo Senong is adamant they will make the most of the hand they were dealt in the FIFA under-20 World Cup draw on Wednesday.
In only their third appearance on the world finals, South Africa have been pitted against Japan, Italy and 2013 runners-up Uruguay in Group D at the tournament, which runs from May 20 to June 11 in Korea Republic.
Senong, though admitting they face a tough challenge in trying to advance to the knockout stage for only the second time in their history, is ready to devote himself to learning more of their opponents in the months leading up to the competition.
“We have to admit we have been drawn in a tough group, but that doesn’t mean we will not fight our way out of the group,” Senong to SAFA Media from Korea.
“Playing against Japan, Italy and Uruguay is a tall order as these teams are a closed booked to us at the moment, but we will go back home and study the opponents thoroughly so that our preparations can be spot on.
“We have a difficult assignment but I believe once we have completed our preparation we will be up for the task.”
Senong further added that Amajita will not be content with merely being present at the tournament, and promised to compete for a respectable finish.
“I am looking forward to this great football spectacle and I can assure the nation that we are not going there to make the numbers, we are going to compete,” he promised.
Amajita get their tournament underway with a clash against Japan on Sunday, 21 May at Suwon World Cup Stadium. Kickoff is at 17h00 local time in South Korea (10h00 SA Time).
Article by: Staff Reporter
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Author : Staff Reporter
Publish date : 15 March 2017 | 12:50 pm