South Africa will head off to the 2021 Africa Under-17 Cup of Nations this week in search of continental glory after qualifying for the event through the Cosafa Men’s Under-17 Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay last November.
Amajimbos have been placed in the proverbial group of death along with defending champions Cameroon, Senegal and Mali.
However, despite the daunting task, coach Vela Khumalo said they will be well-prepared for their three opponents.
“This has been our theme, we are well aware of the powerhouse football countries that we are faced with. But we just said to ourselves that we can create history and we are looking forward to this group,” Khumalo told Cosafa.
“It is a plus to say they are big [in stature], we are a little bit smaller. It means we will use our speed more than anything. For me, that is a plus and what will work for the team.
“Tactically we are superior and we understand what is expected. The boys understand everything and I am happy with where we are at the moment.”
Khumalo went on to state that they have kept the bulk of the squad that helped them to the Cosafa title, but have lost some players to illness.
“We have kept 85% of those boys. Because of some illness we had to let go four of our players, which are in key positions, but we have substituted them with equally good players as well,” concluded Khumalo.
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By FARPost Reporter