Amajimbos coach Molefi Ntseki has lamented the 1-0 defeat to Angola in the COSAFA U17 Championship final on Sunday.
Speaking at the post-match interview Ntseki said his charges struggled with the mental and physical demands of the game.
“At U-17 we still struggle with the mental and physical aspects of the game. However, it’s to be expected from 15 and 16-year-olds because these are not full-time professionals. Despite those challenges we have done well to get to this point,” said Ntseki.
Despite on missing out on the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations which will be played in Tanzania and the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru, the Amajimbos mentor is adamant that he has done well since being the head coach.
“Ever since I started at SAFA as the U-17 coach, I have been doing well with the coaching and team preparation, having also gone to the World Cup. 70% of the boys who went to the World Cup are now playing for the U-20 national team,” added Ntseki
“20% of the boys who were part of the U-17 squad played an important role against Malawi so we have a very good conveyer belt in terms of unearthing talent in the U-17s and placing them at U-20 level.
“It's working for us and I don’t see anything stopping us because our U-20 Amajita side has been doing well for the past three years and they’ve qualified for every AFCON and some of the U-17 players were part of the U-20 World Cup team. The future looks bright at the U-17 level,” concluded the Amajimbos coach.