7 August 2012

South Africa/Congo-Brazzaville: Under/20 Ready for Congo

The South African National Under/20 team (Amajita) are ready to overcome the 2-1 first leg deficit when they take on Congo in the second leg of the African Youth Championship at Milpark Stadium on Saturday, 11 August 2010.

Kick-off is at 19h00.

The team has been in camp on Sunday, 05 August 2012 in which all players were subjected to a thorough medical check-up.

Despite suffering a narrow 2-1 defeat in Brazzaville on 29 July, Amajita coach Solly Luvhengo is confident of overcoming his opponents and advance to the next round.

Luvhengo says he and his technical team will do everything in their power to ensure that they not only dish out a good performance but also get a convincing victory.

The young coach said while he did not have a full squad on the first day, he now had all players available and the mood in camp is boisterous adding the team is looking forward to a good game.

"The general mood is very satisfying and if the boys carry on with this kind of spirit then nothing can stop us from going all the way on Saturday and make South Africa proud. Of course, we would have wanted certain players to join us but because of club commitment, they could not be part of the squad," said Luvhengo.

Lebo Ngobeni and Junior Sibande (Tuks), Steve Hoffman and Asive Langwe (Wits) and Keagan Dolly of Ajax could not join the squad but Luvhengo is confident that these minor setbacks should not deter his plans.

Luvhengo said he was generally satisfied with the attitude of the boys and their gallant performance away from home where they scored first but became complacent and conceded two unfortunate goals was a good building block.

"Not much went wrong during the first leg; we just didn't play hard enough after we had taken the lead. We scored first and conceded from two set pieces so maybe we should just be on the lookout not to repeat the same mistakes going into this second leg," said Luvhengo.

As a result of the good first leg performance, Luvhengo says there is no reason to panic nor make any drastic changes to the team for this encounter.

"All the players played well in the first leg but we just need to adjust the small issues of switching off once we take the lead. It is a general weakness in football and I have been advising my players to be aware of that element. There is certainly no need to panic, we have an away goal and we should use that as a stepping stone in achieving our mandate which is qualifying for Algeria as this will also help us in qualifying for the World Cup in Turkey."

The top four teams in the AYC automatically qualify for the World Cup.

Having coached the South African National Under 17 team; Luvhengo says this is an advantage for him and his technical team as these players have grown through the ranks and know each other well.

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