By FOCUS REPORTER
AFTER their failure to qualify for the African Youth Championhsips, national Under-20 team will get another chance to redeem their dented image in Angola.
This after the SA Football Association (Safa)’s confirmation that Amajita as the U-20 side is known have been invited to participate in the the forthcoming Eduardo do Santos International tournament scheduled for Angola on Auguts 28 and 29.
Amajita are already at a training camp in Johannesburg in preparation for this Four Nations competition to take place at the Ombaka Stadium in Benguela, South of Angola which has been organised by the Eduardo do Santos Foundation.
Other countries to play in this competition include the hosts, Angola, Lesotho and Zambia
Amajita coach, Khabo Zondo feels this tournament will give him the opportunity to groom players that will progress to the Under 23 National squad on their way to Bafana Bafana.
“Our age group is meant to be the feeder team to the National Under 23 team. Since we did not qualify for the World Youth Championship, this is the perfect time to develop players for the next level. Players born in 1993 will be given an opportunity to be integrated into the national U-20 team, and those born in 1990 will move to the Under 23 squad. We have a long way to go but the start will be crucial and this will help us in future as it will help with out ultimate goal of producing players for Bafana,” said Zondo.
He is positive though that he will do well in the tournament in Angola.
“We are going into the tournament with a winning mentality. The plan is to instil our own game philosophy and grow from strength to strength. This will allow me to see how well the new players adapt to our system. The tournament is held on a date that is not on the FIFA calendar, and the clubs are not obliged to release their players and we have no power to force them to do so. We will be using mainly players from the Vodacom League because some regions in that league have already started to play,” said the coach.
The team is holding their training camp in Kempton Park and will have their training sessions twice a day at the Kempton Park Sports Grounds. The first session is in the morning at 9am, while the second one is in the afternoon at 4pm.
Amajita depart for Angola on Thursday, August 26 and return to South Africa on Monday, August 30.