YOUTH soccer in the country faces yet another test when the Under-17 side, Serengeti Boys, play a crucial match of the 2013 African Youth Championship qualifiers against Congo Brazzaville away on Saturday.
It is a match which Serengeti Boys must win if they are to secure a place in next year's finals in Morocco next year. The Jacob Michelsen side needs a draw of any kind to book their ticket for their maiden appearance in the continental finals. In the first leg match, The Boys grabbed a slim 1-0 victory.
So one can see that is going to be really difficult for us because Congo Brazzaville proved to be a very good team in the first leg encounter in Dar es Salaam a fortnight ago. They are really a tough side to play against. Lest we forget, Congo played in the previous World Cup in Mexico to be dismissed in the second round.
This shows the quality of the team Serengeti Boys are playing against. However, all is not lost for The Boys regardless of what happened in the first leg clash. In fact, the team can't only be judged by chalking a slim home victory. Our team still has a chance of stunning Congo in their own backyard. Serengeti Boys need nothing but motivation and support to bolster their campaign.
To ensure their passage, the team would have to fire on all cylinders and forget about their past results. Players should be reminded that getting good results does not come on a silver platter. They should stay focused as the whole nation will be behind them.
They need to put up a spirited fight to post good result away. The Boys need to play with determination and patriotism. They should not be afraid by the 'giant stature' of Congolese players. Instead, the players should remember that they won against them in the first leg and they could still win again, why not?
We can assure the players and their coaches of our full support and backing throughout the contest. We wish Serengeti Boys the best of luck in the competition and we have every reason to believe that our team will go places.