The South African national Under-20 side, better known as Amajita will gather on Sunday for the start of their preparations ahead of the 2020 Cosafa Men’s Under-20 Championship.
The regional tournament will be played in Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay from December 3-13. The competition serves as a zonal qualifier for the African Under-20 Cup of Nations that is slated for Mauritania next year, with the two finalists earning their berth at the continental showpiece.
Head coach Helman Mkhalele led the team to the final of the Cosafa Cup in 2019, but they suffered a 3-0 defeat against Zambia.
The coach will hope that experience has battle-hardened his side, as he goes with continuity with the likes of the Kaizer Chiefs trio of Bontle Molefe, Rahim Milazi and Keletso Sifama all survivors of the 2019 squad.
South Africa are the seeded team in Group A but have a tough pool to navigate. They open their campaign against Zimbabwe on December 3, before facing Lesotho three days later. Mkhalele’s men end their pool play against Mozambique on December 8.
Only the pool winners and the best-placed runner-up advance to the knockout stages.
Amajita have been one of the powerhouses in the region in Under-20 football and will be looking to regain the crown they last won in 2018. They have claimed the competition eight times in all, with their first title having come in 2000.
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By FARPost Reporter