South Africa’s National Under-20 (Amajita) centre-back Mohlala Makola has already identified areas at which to hurt Lesotho in their second COSAFA Men’s Under-20 Championship Group A tie.
Makola, who scored on debut with a late equalizer to deny Zimbabwe a win in their opening Group A clash, stated that Amajita have already analysed how Lesotho plays, and have picked up areas to exploit in their upcoming match against them.
Lesotho suffered a 1-0 defeat in their opening Group A clash against Mozambique, while South Africa played to a 2-2 draw against Zimbabwe.
Amajita’s match against Lesotho will take place this Sunday at the Wolfson Stadium. Kick-off is at 15h30.
“It feels great to finally represent my country at this age group and also score an important goal on my debut for them,” Makola said. “We secured a crucial point in what was a demanding match for all of us and our focus is now set on securing maximum points in our next group match.
“We face Lesotho in our next group fixture and we have already identified areas at which to hurt them,” Makola added. “Lesotho are a side which is very slow on and off the ball and I truly believe that they can’t match us. We will use our speed and work rate on and off the ball to punish them on the day.”
Makola also stated that his dream is to one day represent his country at FIFA World Cup tournament, adding that he truly believes that this Amajita squad do have what it takes to reach that feat.
In order to realise that dream, though, Amajita will have to first qualify for next year’s U-20 AFCON tournament to take place in Mauritania by finishing within the top two bracket of this year’s Southern Region football tournament.
“I actually believe that we can win this COSAFA Championship,” Makola said. “That is what everybody in the team is gunning for, which is very pleasing. Our short-term goal is to qualify for next year’s U-20 AFCON tournament and thereafter work for our place in the upcoming 2021 FIFA U20 World Cup tournament to take place in Indonesia.
“I truly believe that it can be done.”
By Mohau Ramashidja