Match Preview: SA U17 v Malawi U17


Amajimbos begin their quest for the CAF Under-17 Championship spot in Morocco 2021 against Malawi U17 at 15:30.

The match will take place at the Gelvandale Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Amajimbos had earlier dispatched eSwatini 2-0 and Malawi drew their match in the opening matches. The results of both matches were canceled due to overage players fielded.

FARPost Technical Study Group (TSG) looks at the strengths and weaknesses of both SA and Malawi.

1. Malawi U17

1.1 Strengths

The Malawi U17 team relies on a 1-4-4-2 formation. At the centre of the midfield is the industrious Steve Banda and James Chomba. Both lead the short-passing game and delivers all round for the attacking pair of Chifundo Mpasi and Renald Mapulanga.

Due to their low centre of gravity, their main weapon is deceptive movements, intricate short-passing and concerted combination play.

1.2 Weaknesses

Malawi U17 has numerous challenges include the following.

• Slow and incoherent build up play
• Ineffective wing or wide play
• Being generally short, are susceptible to 1v1 aerial combats

1.3 Key players:

• Andrew Lameck (The Captain)
• Mcdonald Chiwanda (Striker)

2. South Africa U17

2.1 Strengths

The South African U17 were bullish and ruthless in their earlier encounter against eSwatini. Coach Vela Khumalo decided on a clever 1-4-3-3 formation, where Mduduzi Shabalala was massive in attack.

A flawless midfield control was executed by Lindokuhle Nkosi who sparked a tremendous possession-based application for Amajimbos.

Their strength includes:

• Co-ordinated possession play
• Central-aligned playmaker Nkosi
• Gifted wide midfielders
• Dangerous and capable substitutes

2.2 Weaknesses

The following factors could cost the South African U17:

• Too much long balls under pressure
• Physically outbundled on the ball
• Easily frustrated when not achieving the goals and objectives

2.3 Key players

• Lindokuhle Nkosi (Playmaker)
• Mduduzi Shabalala (Attacking Midfielder)

By FARPost Technical Study Group

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