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Ntseki On COSAFA U17 Championship Final Defeat

Amajimbos coach reacts to COSAFA U17 Championship final defeat

By Soccer Laduma - Jul 30, 2018 11:01 AM

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. 

Read: Amajimbos Miss Out On AFCON Spot 

“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.  


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KG_The Maverick Joined: 24 Jun 2018
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KG_The Maverick Jul 30, 2018 04:00 PM
Ntseki, don't come up with excuses. Winners do not cry foul when the other side plays 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" So is that to say Angola played with over-aged players, or how exactly does that point you raised help us understand why we lost?
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THE NK Joined: 28 Dec 2016
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THE NK Jul 30, 2018 11:34 AM
Nice coach.

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