local soccer 22.7.2014 07:41 am

Amajita to channel spirit of 1997

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Amajita assistant coach Thabo Senong has urged the current crop of players to emulate the legendary class of 1997 that qualified for the under-20 World Cup in Malaysia in that year.

“Their preparations were more or less the same as what we are having today,” Senong said ahead of the team’s friendly against Burkina Faso on Wednesday.

Some of the players from that group went on to become prominent footballers, among them Matthew Booth, Wayne Roberts, David Kannemeyer, Ashley Makhanya, Benni McCarthy and Junaid Hartley.

Senong said the Amajita side has the necessary talent to make it to the top.

“Today, those players are enjoying legendary status after the hard work they put in.

“They appreciated the opportunity and this generation of players can be like them. This is not a social tour but one that can change our lives and take us to greater heights.”

The 20-member Amajita are on a tour of West Africa during which they will play Mali, Senegal and Ivory Coast.

The matches are in preparation for the 2015 African Youth Championships qualifier against Cameroon, in Yaounde, on August 16.

“The sooner we are switched on mentally, the better our chances are of defeating them,” Senong said.

“We are here to learn about playing away, about different cultures and also about how other countries approach football tournaments.”

It was under the guidance of current coach Shakes Mashaba that the team of 17 years ago qualified for the global showpiece in Malaysia.

Mashaba went on to lead the same squad at the 2000 Olympics Games in Sydney, Australia.

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