This year’s U20 Men’s Cosafa Cup is well underway in Port Elizabeth and hosts South Africa have started well in the group stage of the competition.
FARPost caught up with ‘Amajita’ captain Rowan Human who opened up about how things have been going so far.
The hosts started the tournament with an unconvincing 2-2 draw against neighbours Zimbabwe at the Wolfson Stadium.
South Africa had to come from behind twice to earn a point in the group opener and it was was a big relief for coach Helman Mkhalele. On Sunday afternoon ‘Amajita’ ran riot against Lesotho thrashing them 7-0 at the same venue.
The result moved the hosts up to second spot in the standings, just two points behind Mozambique who top the group with six points after winning both of their opening games in the tournament so far.
Human feels the team has started well and there is a lot of synergy amongst the players in the camp. “The camp is going well, not bad at all. We are at a point where there’s more seriousness and we need to win our next game against Mozambique,” said Human.
“We thought Lesotho would be a really strong opponent, but the score line reflected something different, but we needed those goals as anything can happen moving forward, goal difference counts a lot.”
‘Amajita’ will now shift focus to the most important game of the group when they face high-flying Mozambique who have a 100% record in the tournament so far and the captain is confident of a positive result in what he calls a final.
“We are grounded and have forgotten about the Lesotho result as we have to win this game if we still want to go further in the tournament, so it’s definitely a final for us,” he concluded.
South Africa will take on Mozambique on Tuesday afternoon (15:30) local time at the Wolfson Stadium to determine who will finish top of the group and march on to the semi-final of the regional tournament which doubles up as an AFCON 2021 Zonal qualifier.
Zimbabwe and Lesotho will lock horns at the same time at the Gelvandale stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
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