South Africa’s U17 men’s national football team, Amajimbos have set their sights on next year’s U-17 Cup of Nations by achieving success at the COSAFA Youth Champions which starts today.
Amajimbos open the tournament with a clash against neighbours Lesotho and head coach Molefi Ntseki says his player’s professionalism will be key in achieving success.
“It was key during our preparations that I address my players like professionals and not like boys. At the end of the day I expect them to play like professionals and this will be the key in our success,” said Ntseki.
“We have been on this stage before. We know what it’s like and the pressures that come with it. This will give us an advantage over the other nations. Coach youth and development football (are) very different.
“You have to remember that these players are still students and we emphasize that a lot in our preparations,” added Ntseki.
The Amajimbos coach further lauded FIFA and CAF’s stance of enforcing MRI scanning on ally players participating in Youth International Competitions.
“Our players went for an MRI scan and they all passed. There are the rules that have been enforced by FIFA and CAF and we have to abide by them. We have to commend this because a while ago we used to complain about age cheating.
“We are always confident about our processes in bring new players into the squad so we were never worried about any of our players failing,” concluded the Amjimbos mentor.
The South Africans play Lesotho at the Stade Anjalay at 15:30.