The 2015 U17 World Cup in Chile is almost upon us, and with South Africa entering for the first time, here’s a look at potential thorns in Amajimbos’ side.
Molefi Ntseki’s has previously stated how important preparation and analysis is for himself and his team, explaining that he will be studying each of their Group E opponents.
Having previously looked at the way Costa Rica, Korea DPR and Russia qualified for the World Cup, this time the Siya crew brings you the opposition players, and specifically their danger men.
Costa Rica U17 Squad
Alejandro BARRIENTOS, Diego MESEN, Pablo ARBOINE, Ian SMITH, Esteban GONZALEZ, Luis HERNANDEZ, Javier CAMARENO, Aaron MURILLO, Andy REYES, Jonathan MARTINEZ, Barlon SEQUEIRA, Sergio RAMIREZ, Miguel AJU, Roberto CORDOBA, Kevin MASIS, Daniel VILLEGAS, Brandon SALAZAR, Patrick SEQUEIRA, Yostin SALINAS, Eduardo JUAREZ, Alonso SOLANO.
Head Coach: Marcelo HERRERA
Andy Reyes (Striker) – The AD Carmelita man is still playing in Costa Rica, however, having finished with five goals in qualifying, the second highest in the CONCACAF tournament, the 16-year-old will be eager to impress in Chileand possibly push through a move elsewhere.
Korea DPR’s U17 Squad
RI Chol Song, RI Kuk Hyon, KIM Wi Song, KIM Ho Gyong, KANG Song Jin, KIM Ye Bom, PAK Yong Gwan, YON Jun Hyok, HAN Kwang Song, CHOE Song Hyok, JONG Chang Bom, KIM Ji Song, JONG Se Myong, CHOE Jin Nam, KIM Yong Saeng, O Chung Guk, JANG Song Il, RYU Hyok, JO Wi Song, RYANG Hyon Ju, JONG Ju Song.
Head Coach: YON Kwang Mu
Han Kwang-Song (Striker) – The forward, who only just celebrated his 17th birthday, played a huge role in helping Korea DPR to the AFC U16 Championship title last year, grabbing four goals in the tournament, including a vital equaliser in the final against South Korea. He lists Brazilian Ronaldo as one of his heroes.
Russia U17 Squad
Denis ADAMOV, Andrei KUDRIAVTCEV, Konstantin KOTOV, Danil KRUGOVOI, Alexey TATAEV, Ivan GALANIN, Dmitrii PLETNEV, Georgy MAKHATADZE, Fedor CHALOV, Boris TSYGANKOV, Alexander LOMOVITSKIY, Aleksandr MAKSIMENKO, Egor DENISOV, Nikolay PRUDNIKOV, Semen MATVIICHUK, Anatolii ANISIMOV, Pavel LELYUKHIN, Amir GAVRILOV, Konstantin KUCHAEV, Andrei ZAKHAROV, Ivan ZIRIKOV.
Head Coach: Mikhail GALAKTIONOV
Georgi Makhatadze (Defensive Midfielder) – The 17-year-old Lokomotiv Moscow player has been on the radar for a while now, and proved his ability in helping Russia qualify for the World Cup earlier this year. The tough-tackling central midfielder was named in the UEFA Team of the tournament for the U17 European Championships.
Group E will get underway on October 19, with Amajimbos’ first game coming against Reyes and Costa Rica.