Head coach of the South African under-17 Men’s National Team, Amajimbos, Molefi Ntseki, believes there are more positives for his side after their goalless draw in a practice match against Chile in Santiago on Wednesday, 7 October. This was the third time they two nations met as the hosts count down the days to the start of the much-anticipated 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Chile, who will be hosting the youth world football showpiece, was recently in South Africa as part of the farewell occasion for Amajimbos.
They defeated South Africa 1-0 in a friendly match late last month (27 September 2015) in Cape Town, following a similar scoreline earlier that week. But this time around the match ended in a stalemate. Ntseki says: ‘There are many positives that have come from this match. Firstly, the boys did not concede which is something we need going into the World Cup, and their level of confidence is also growing, which is another important aspect at this level of the game, because to win any match and proceed to the knockout stages we will have to score goals. I am happy that the boys played the football we know, and, based on that, I am confident that we will do well. We have one more friendly before we move to our base camp in Concepcion.’
Amajimbos will play New Zealand in their last practice match on Monday, 12 October in Santiago.