Amajimbos striker Khanyiso Mayo and defender Keanu Cupido said only complacency can stop the Under-17 from qualifying for the final round of the CAF African Youth Championships. Molefi Ntseki’s charges take on Tanzania in the return leg of the African Youth Championships qualifier having drawn 0-0 in the first leg in Dar es Salaam two weeks ago. The match will be played at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday and will kick off at 15:00.
“We have trained hard, have remained focused and we just want to make the country happy,” said striker Mayo, who is the son of former Bush Bucks and Kaizer Chiefs striker Patrick Mayo. The young Mayo said while it was heartening for people to ask about his father whenever his name is mentioned, he is quick to point out he is his own man. “I have my own journey to travel although most of the direction is from my father. I believe however, that I would not like to remain in the shadow of my father. He played his part and has now passed on the baton. It is now up to me to make my own history and that history should start by me helping Amajimbos defeat Tanzania. It would be nice to qualify for Niger next year. It will open doors for most of us,” added Mayo.
His sentiments were echoed by defender Cupido, who said the Tanzania encounter was big, “We can’t wait to take on to the field and square up against Tanzania. We believe we missed an opportunity to finish them off in their backyard but victory before our own supporters would be sweet.” 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.