SOUTH Africa’s national Under-17 coach Molefi Ntseki said he was now gunning for a place in the World Cup Youth tournament scheduled for Chile next year having achieved his initial goal of making it to Niger 2015.
Amajimbos drew 2-2 with Egypt on Saturday evening in Cairo’s Contractors Stadium, winning 4-3 on aggregate to book a berth in the finals in Niger next year.
“Yes, this is a good achievement and great for my CV but I am now looking beyond Niger; I want to take these boys to Chile for the World Cup. The reality of qualifying for Niger has now sunk in and I am gunning for more success,” said Ntseki at the exclusive five-star team hotel, the Tiba Rose Plaza.
The 45-year old mentor said he would now start working on consolidating the squad by identifying more talent and preparing the boys for the challenges in West Africa.
“There is massive talent in South Africa and the boys have shown what we can achieve if we stick together and have a common purpose.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan, his executive and the entire administration for their unwavering support for the team. As for the SAFA President (Dr Danny Jordaan); he is one man who has supported this team through and through. The man is a true leader. He was there to see the team off to Egypt and was the first to congratulate the team after the final whistle in Cairo,” added Ntseki.
The imposing mentor said on a personal note, he was also grateful for his supportive wife and his three sons.
“I am always on the road and without her (the wife) assurance, looking after the boys, I would be what I am developing into,” he reflected.
He said the last few days had quite been trying and considers qualification for Niger as one of the biggest achievements of his career.