The South African men’s under U-20 national football team, Amajita who are preparing to leave for Qatar and Russia on their journey to the CAF African Youth Championships in Senegal, played their younger counterparts, the U-17 national side Amajimbos, narrowly beating them 1-0 in a preparation fixture played at the School of Excellence on Wednesday afternoon.
Amajita leave for Qatar en-route to Russia while the Under-17 team travels to Lusaka for a date with their Zambian counterparts. Both Amajita and Amajimbos will play their matches on Saturday.
“This was a very worthwhile exercise. We wanted to give the boys a good run and have a match-like atmosphere. This has given us a good indication of where we want to improve and tighten up things,” said Amajita stand-in coach, David Notoane in a statement from SAFA.
The former Santos mentor is currently calling the shots in the absence of head coach, Thabo Senong who is with Bafana Bafana in Gabon.
Meanwhile, Amajimbos mentor Molefi Ntseki was pleased with the test provided by the U20 team and felt his charges where in better stead to compete in the African Youth Tournament which will be played in Niger from February 2015.
“I like the direction South African football is taking. Ours is road to Chile because I am very confident that we will be among the top four countries in Niger,” said Ntseki.