The South African Under-17 Men’s team (Amajimbos) coach Molefi Ntseki says the team is fully prepared for the final and that they know what to expect from Mali on Sunday. In his own words, Amajimbos are 90 minutes away from glory and having their names written in continental history books. Amajimbos will face Mali for the second time of the 2015 CAF Under-17 CAN in the final on Sunday 1 March 2015 at the General Seyni Kountche Stadium in Niamey, Niger.
Kickoff is scheduled for 18:00 local time (19:00 South African time). The two nations played to a 2-2 draw in their second group B match in what proved to be a defining moment for the young South Africans as they had to come from two goals down to earn an unlikely draw. Amajimbos capped their fine run in the group stages with an emphatic 3-1 win against Cameroon to secure a place in the semi-finals where they played and beat Nigeria 1-0.
Mali qualified top of the group for the semi-finals with victories against Cameroon (3-1), Ivory Coast (1-0) and the 2-2 draw against South Africa. The Malians met Guinea in the semi-finals and emerged 2-1 victors to book a place in the final against Amajimbos. Amajimbos coach Molefi Ntseki says there is no pressure on the boys as they have delivered on their ultimate objective.
Ntseki added that they will not rest on their laurels and that they had done their homework ahead of the final: ‘Playing in the final is a cherry on top for us, as our slogan coming to this tournament was “ROAD TO CHILE” that we have done with flying colours. But it would be nice to go all the way. We have played Mali before, and we know what to expect from them in tomorrow’s final. We have also sat down as a team and analysed our strengths and weaknesses. The boys are ready for round two, and I am confident that we will have a good game tomorrow.’ Ntseki also thanked the nation of South Africa for all the support they have shown to the team throughout the tournament and urges everyone to believe in this team.
‘Regardless of what happens tomorrow, the country’s future is looking really wonderful,’ added the modest Ntseki.