Amajimbos touched down at Cairo International Airport just around 05:30 on Thursday morning after a seven hour flight from OR Tambo Airport looking very relaxed but focused on Saturday’s crucial encounter. “Everyone looks in good condition and the focus now is Saturday’s game. That is what will shape our future. Personally, I can’t wait to have this match done and dusted. We did most of our preparations at home and what we will just have to do here is polish areas which need attention. But overall, the boys are in tip top condition and there won’t be any excuse of not reaching Niger for the CAF Youth championships,” said coach Molefi Ntseki. After taking breakfast at the team hotel, the squad was set to rest for most of the day and would only resume training at 16:00 when the temperatures which are hovering around 36/37 degrees Celsius will have subsided.
The match will kick off at 19:00 on Saturday at Contractors Stadium at the heart of this bustling city. “Vision 2022 is being realised sooner rather than later and we don’t want to be left behind this buzz that is going within the South African Football Association (SAFA). Everything is just coming together if you look at our national teams and I have told the boys not to let the bus leave them behind. We are so close to realising a huge dream. We intend to get to Niger nd then Chile for the World Cup. We are just 90 minutes away from that goal and we don’t want a reverse gear in our vehicle,” said the 45-year old mentor. Amajimbos beat their Egyptian counterparts 2-1 in the first leg and despite the slender lead, Ntseki is of the opinion that should be enough.
“We have that one goal advantage which they don’t have and we will build on that win. They will definitely be under pressure from the home fans and we will make life difficult for them. It won’t be easy for us as well but we are psychologically motivated,” said Ntseki.