The U20 national football team coach, Thabo Senong has responded to his side’s CAF African Youth Championships opening defeat to Ghana, by declaring that Amajita did not play according to their identity.
Senong further urged his players who were physically and tactically dominated by the Black Satellites to return with vengeance in the next fixture if they are to have any shot at emulating their U17 compatriots by making it to the semi-finals and qualify for the World Cup in New Zealand.
“I am disappointed at the showing. That is not the Amajita we all know but we will correct these mistakes in the next game. We have to come good, we have no choice,” said the Amajita mentor on SAFA’s website.
“We were completely flat in the first half and the two basic mistakes didn’t help matters. We were really bad in the first half.”
“It is time to go to the drawing board; we are down but definitely not out. Mali won’t be easy but we have to come out with guns blazing. We have little choice,” he concluded.
Amajita take Mali who opened their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Zambia.
South Africa play Zambia in the last Group game on Sunday and, Senong hopes by then, the group would be nicely poised.