3 September 2012

South Africa/Botswana: SA U20 to Play Botswana in Two Matches

The South African U-20 Men's National team will play two international friendly matches against Botswana.

The first friendly match will take place at Molepolele Stadium in Gaborone on Saturday, 8 September. That game will kick off at 18h00.

The second friendly against Botswana will be part of a double header when Bafana take on Mozambique in an international friendly match at Mbombela Stadium on 11 September. The game kicks off at 17h30.

The two friendly matches will allow Amajita head coach, Solly Luvhengo to assess his 20-man squad ahead of the crucial African Youth Championship , second round qualifier against Nigeria s cheduled for the end of this month.

Amajita will assemble for camp in Johannesburg on Thursday (06 September 2012) and depart for the neighbouring state the same afternoon for Saturday's encounter.

The SA U-20 squad will train twice (morning and afternoon) in Botswana on Friday (07 September).

The South Africans depart Botswana on Sunday morning and will have one afternoon training session in Kempton Park in preparation for the second friendly match.

Luvhengo is aware of the task that lies ahead when the y face Nigeria and would like to use the two friendlies to put his plans in place for the tough match against Nigeria.

"W e would like to use th e two friendly matches to keep the players together and fine tune the squad for the AYC qualifier against Nigeria. We would have liked to play West African opposition . However, we are going to use these matches to build the momentum ahead of the Nigeria game." said Luvhego.

The SA U20 squad progressed to the second round of the African U-20 Youth Championship after beating Congo on away goals rule, having drawn 2-2 on aggregate.

"The boys play ed well against Congo and what we would like to work on is our finishing because I would really like to the boys score more goals ," added Luvhengo.

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