Cape Town - The South Africa national U20 side have
landed safely in Niger ahead of the U20 Africa Cup of Nations campaign
which runs from February 2-17.
Amajita arrived in that country on Thursday afternoon meaning they
have plenty of time to prepare for their first match against against
hosts Niger on February 2 in Group A.
Also in the same bracket are West African giants Nigeria as well as
Burundi. Head coach Thabo Senong announced his 21-man squad earlier this
week with the news that Lyle Foster was not present as Monaco refused
to release the forward.
Before departing Mzansi, South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan gave the squad an inspirational speech.
U20 captain and goalkeeper Khulekani Kubheka said of the talk: "The
president made mention of legends like Doctor Khumalo, Mark Fish,
Quinton Fortune and the like, and how they fought for the badge each
time they donned national colours.
"These are the guys we look up to as national juniors because they
did extremely well when representing the nation at the highest level. We
want to do the same as well."
Others side taking part at the tournament include Senegal, Mali,
Burkina Faso and Ghana. If Amajita reach the top four, they qualify for
the U20 World Cup in Poland from May 23 until June 15.