By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
THE 2010 edition of the Metropolitan Under-20 Cosafa Youth Challenge was the worst of them all for the South Africa team, Amajita.
This after the team lost their second match in their group, and this time 2-0 to the lowly rated Namibia at the University of Botswana Stadium on Wednesday, December 8.
This was the SA side’s worst performance since Metropolitan came aboard as sponsors four years ago as the team failed to collect a single point in this year’s competition.
Ironically Amajita have been doing well in this competition since Metropolitan came board as sponsors back in 2006, winning the inaugural title during the competition held in Mafikeng, North West the same year before they could lift the title again in 2008 (Kimberly, Northern Cape). This was the time the team was still coached by Serame “Meneer” Letsoaka who has since been appointed the SA Football Association’s (Safa) technical director.
Their other achievement in this competition include reaching the final matches of the 2007 (Thulamahashe, Mpumalanga) and 2009 (Dobsonville, Gauteng) which saw them lost to Zimbabwe and Zambia respectively.
Some football experts have since blamed Safa for appointing the current coach, Khabo Zondo for the team’s poor performance instead of the long serving Maqsood Chenia who has retain his position (as an assistant). Chenia was not part of the technical team in this year’s competition, citing family problems as the reason for his absence.
The match against Namibia was the 9th for Zondo in charge which saw him guided the team to only one victory (a friendly against Lesotho), two draws and six loses.
The latest development comes hardly a month after South Africa’s national women’ senior team failed to qualify for their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup after they lost 3-0 at home to Equatorial Guinea during the semi-finals of African Women Championships.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championships on Friday, December 10 at the Molepolole Stadium. The matches will see Madagascar v Namibia and Zambia v Zimbabwe.