Amajimbos go into this evening U17 World Cup clash with Russia knowing that only a two-goal victory will guarantee them a spot in the knockout stages of the tournament.
Molefi Ntseki’s side face a tough task against the Russians in the early hours of Monday morning, with their opponents has won six of their last eight games, losing just once.
South Africa’s U17s only have one point to their name after defeat to Costa Rica and a draw with Korea DPR, and anything less than a win would see them go crashing out of the tournament at the first hurdle, however the size of the win could also decide whether they qualify in the top two, as a best third-place, or not at all.
The Russian U17s have conceded just three goals in their last nine games since May, keeping six clean sheets, including one against fellow World Cup hopefuls, England.
Ntseki will no doubt have begun his plans to deal with the Russian threat, with striker, Fedor Chalov, already having bagged two goals, and midfield captain, Georgy Makhatadze, pulling strings in the middle.
Sibongakonke Mbatha, South Africa’s diminutive midfielder, seems to be the only player to play consistently well for Amajimbos over the last two games, and Ntseki will be hoping for more of the same from him, though he will no doubt have been highlighted as a threat by the opponents.
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The game will be shown live on SABC 1 at 00h00 on Sunday evening/Monday morning, and South Africans will be hoping that their youngsters can pull of a shock win and make it into the next stage.