Amajimbos coach Molefi Ntseki believes that the SA National Under-17 team is ready for the challenge ahead of their clash against Tanzania in the second leg of the African Youth Championships (AYC) qualifier at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday. The match kicks off at 15:00. “I don’t have any nerves to tell the truth, I feel very upbeat. This is probably the biggest challenge in my short international coaching career but at the same time gives me an opportunity to make history,” he said.
Victory for Amajimbos over Tanzania on Saturday will see them play the winner between Egypt and Congo/Brazzaville with the ultimate winner booking a spot in the AYC scheduled for Niger next March/April. The top four teams will qualify for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile next year. “We are three games away from going to Niger. But the trick is not to look too far ahead. We need to take one game at a time. For now our main priority is Tanzania and then look at whoever comes through between Congo Brazzaville and Egypt. I think we have prepared well and come Saturday we should do the business,” said Ntseki.
The imposing coach said the camps they undertook in Botswana and Lesotho had gone a long way in honing the skills of his players and that his squad can only improve with more and more games. “We are going into the second leg knowing what we need to do. If we score and we don’t concede, then the job is done. I am not underestimating Tanzania, they have some good players but I think we have done our homework,” added Ntseki, appealing to fans to come in their numbers to give the boys a lift. “We faced a hostile reception in Tanzania and we would like the opposition to also feel the heat – but I am hopeful we will deliver the goods.”