That Red Card… Amajita’s World Cup Hopes Despite Setback
Thabo Senong has commented on the red card that dashed South Africa’s opening day hopes at the U20 World Cup, insisting that Amajita still have the chance to progress from the group.
Senong’s side were beaten 5-2 by Argentina in their first game of the tournament in Poland over the weekend, with a nightmare second half seeing them concede a penalty, get a red card and concede four goals after what had been a promising first 45 minutes.
After going into the break at 1-1, things were looking positive for Amajita as they got their first goal of the competition, however Keenan Phillips – the scorer of the equaliser – was sent off early in the second half after a silly kick out at the opposition.
Senong was quick to praise the young defender though, telling SAFA.net, “Keenan Phillips had a very good match up until he got sent off in the second half… I did not get a good glimpse of what happened there, however, the sending off put us in a very bad position because we began to struggle to contain Argentina in the rearguard.
“We will prepare accordingly and we have come here with a quality group of players and I am confident that the person that will slot into Keenan’s position will not disappoint.”
Meanwhile, in the build-up to what is now a crucial game against the Korea Republic tomorrow night, Senong said, “It is quite unfortunate that we lost our first match against Argentina… Argentina are a very good side and our boys gave it their all in that matchup. All is not lost though as we still have another six points to fight for in our remaining two group fixtures.
“We face Korea Republic in our second group match, who also suffered a defeat in their first game. You can rest assured that it is not going to be an easy match, however, we will fight for a positive result.”
Amajita face Korea at 20h30 tomorrow night in Tychy.