The South African National Development Team is putting final touches to preparations for the upcoming friendly match against Sweden.
The match is scheduled to take place at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday, January 22 at 5pm kick.
The team has been in camp for two weeks and Coach Simon Ngomane is impressed with the preparations thus far.
“I think these boys have developed in leaps and bounds, we started off slowly to make them understand what is really expected of them. I cannot really say that I know the Swedish team we will be facing tomorrow; I know that they played against Botswana in Cape Town and won 2-1 but in general I know their way of play and their mentality from the past experiences, I also know that they are building a team which is full of youngsters. This match will be a good test for the team as you know that our target is Sudan. The match will help us see how much these boys have grown, gauge our strengths and weaknesses so that we can attend to them before we get to the actual tournament; so in general we see this match as a very good test for the team,” said Ngomane.
Coach Ngomane and his Technical team of assistant Humprey Mlwana and goalkeeper coach Innocent Mayoyo are also mindful of the tough African Nations Championship assignment awaiting them in Sudan.
“This will obviously be the first time competing in such a tournament for some of the players but they understand that this is where they can shine for their country regardless of their experience, I believe that experience is good but development is even better. This team is a good stepping stone for upcoming players and a talent reservoir for the senior team”.