NATIONAL Under-17 team, Amajimbos which has been in camp gearing up for the first round of the African Youth Championship qualifiers are ready to take on Zambia in the match scheduled this Saturday at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto. Kick-off is at 4pm.
The first leg qualifier will be part of a double header at Dobsonville Stadium in which the senior women’s national team, Banyana Banyana play Zimbabwe in a friendly encounter. Kick-off 7pm.
Amajimbos’ head coach, Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba is confident of a good result despite having little time to prepare.
The 10th edition of the African U-17 Youth Championship is scheduled to take place in Morocco from April 13 – 27 next year.
Amajimbos squad has been training at the University of Johannesburg; Soweto campus grounds since October 8 which saw the players born between 1996 and 1997 having undergone MRI Scans to comply with CAF regulations. The results of the scans have been sent through to CAF headquarters for verification ahead of the first leg qualifier on Saturday.
Mashaba was upbeat that the camp is a good start to grooming future stars, saying: “Zambia have tough and skilful players that is why we need to focus more on tactical work.There is an air of optimism and excitement amongst the players as well as nerves, this is natural.”
The return leg match will be played in Zambia on October 27.