Amajimbos (South Africa’s u17 men’s national team) coach Molefi Ntseki has recalled his side’s previous heroics against Egypt and in the African Youth championships in Mali as he prepares his side for Sunday’s vital clash against their Tanzanian counterparts.
South Africa take on Tanzania in the AYC second leg qualifier hoping to score a straight forward victory having been held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg played at Dobsonville Stadium a fortnight ago.
The winner on Sunday will proceed to the final qualifying round against either Namibia or Congo for a place in the finals in the 20th Edition of the u17 AYC finals in Madagascar next year.
The match on Sunday will be played at Chamazi Complex just outside Dar es Salaam and kicks off at 15h00.
“When we qualified for the 19th Edition qualification in Mali in our last game against Egypt in Cairo; very few people gave us a ghost of chance having prevailed 2-1 in the first leg at home.
But against all odds we went to the break in Cairo leading 2-0 although the match eventually ended in a 2-2 draw. Even in Mali during the finals, we were engaged in some come from behind encounters which gives me belief that we have what it takes to come up with a good win on Sunday. In football, never say never,” said Ntseki.
The imposing coach said what makes the game of football so exciting was when a team does what looks impossible.
“I have listened to a number of people here in Tanzania; all of them seem to think we are like cannon fodders, sheep going for slaughter but hey… “
Ntseki celebrated his 47th birthday on Thursday, 18 August and says he would like to celebrate this special day with something special from his charges.
With an impressive record in this tournament, who can discount Ntseki’s belief?
Source: South African Football Association.