South African Under-17 National Team captain Nelson Maluleke said the entire Amajimbos team is excited and confident of winning Saturday’s African Youth Championships (AYC) second leg qualifier against Tanzania at Dobsonville Stadium. The two teams played to a goalless draw in Dar es Salaam two weeks ago and the attacking midfielder thinks Amajimbos have enough ammunition to dismantle the visitors at the vibrant Soweto venue on Saturday, “We could have been taking a stroll on Saturday had we been more ruthless in front of goals when we played Tanzania in Dar es Salaam two weeks ago. But I presume, their vociferous fans put us under tremendous pressure hence they salvaged that unlikely draw as we were all over them.” The lanky midfielder said having home support must tilt the balance in Amajimbos’ favour, “The whole team is excited about Saturday’s game, we want to make our own part of history at this stage of our careers and if we remain level headed, we have the whole world under our feet,” he said with a smile.
Victory for Amajimbos against Tanzania will see them play the winner between Egypt and Congo/Brazzaville. The African Youth Championships finals will take place in Niger next March/April and the top four teams will qualify for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile next year.