Coach of the South African Men’s Under-17 National Team (Amajimbos) Molefi Ntseki is looking to end the tour of Botswana and Lesotho with another win to further boost the confidence of his players ahead of the all-important 2015 African Youth Championship qualifier against Tanzania next week. Amajimbos travel to Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, 15 July to face the host nation on Friday, 18 July. The South Africans are will conclude their preparations with a clash against Lesotho on Sunday, 13 July at the Setsoto Stadium in Maseru, Lesotho. Kickoff is at 15:00.
This is the second match between the two nations in four days. Amajimbos won the first match 2-0 at Mafeteng Stadium. “It is the kind of game we needed because Lesotho appeared to be very structured and had a physical presence. This helped a great deal as we are preparing our boys for what we might come across in Tanzania. We played the first half under pressure, which was a very good test for our players to see what they can do in such a situation and they came out tops by scoring the two goals and not conceding. We have scored eight goals in three matches and for me the most important ones are the ones against Lesotho because we played a solid team in adverse conditions for my players but they came to the party and overcame all of those which are some of the things we are working on here – mental strength and concentration,” said Ntseki.
Ntseki is happy with the effort the boys have put in in the last the two weeks they have been together. “I believe we now have a tactical picture of how we want to play and which players we want to use. We have pushed them very hard during these two weeks in Botswana and Lesotho where they played a match every three days and also training in-between. So, I will be resting some of the boys as they have featured in every match so far and I need them to be fresh, fully recovered and ready for Tanzania. But I am not taking Lesotho for granted and I believe another win against them will greatly boost the confidence of the boys going into the Tanzania match,” concluded the Amajimbos coach.