local soccer 10.2.2015 09:31 am

Amajimbos geared up for AYC

Amajimbos players celebrate a goal. (Photo by Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images)

Amajimbos players celebrate a goal. (Photo by Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images)

16-year-old Liam Jordan, the son of late former Bafana Bafana striker Keryn Jordan, says the South African national Under-17 team, Amajimbos, will give their best possible performance at the Caf African Youth Championship (AYC) scheduled to take place between February 15 and March 1 in Niger.

Amajimbos lost 2-1 to the Eastern Cape Under-17 team in a friendly at the Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth last Thursday in their farewell match but the Jordan says despite the result the team is raring to go.

“We are feeling good,” said Jordan.

“We have been waiting for this tournament for a long time since we qualified. It has been a great couple of months together because we have grown as a unit.”

Liam’s dad, Keryn, who sadly passed away recently after a long battle with cancer, said one of his wishes was to see his son pursue a dream of becoming a professional footballer. That dream was made possible by the youngster’s impressive natural ability up front.

The South African youngsters are in group B, alongside Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Cameroon, while group A consists of hosts Niger, Guinea, Nigeria and Zambia.

Jordan adds that Amajimbos coach Molefi Ntseki has been a pillar of strength for the team but it is the camaraderie of the players that is motivating the team to aim for the best results at the tournament.

“We are like brothers,” the young striker adds.

“We play for each other now and we will make the country proud in Niger. The wait has made us even more excited and we will give it our all.”

Amajimbos flew out to Ethiopia on Saturday from where they travelled to Niger on yesterday.

Catch the full interview with Liam in Phakaaathi on today (Tuesday).

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