local soccer 30.9.2015 10:15 am

Amajimbos target KO stage

Amajimbos target KO stage

The national Under-17 coach, Molefi Ntseki, has put down the last 16 as the minimum requirements for Amajimbos in the Under-17 World Cup in Chile.

Amajimbos are grouped with Russia, Costa Rica and North Korea in the tournament that runs from October 17 – November 8.

The outfit departed for Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday where they will play a friendly with Brazil on Sunday before going to Chile where they will take on the hosts and New Zealand and then start their campaign with Costa Rica on October 19.

“It’s an excitement filled with responsibility, of taking the junior national team to the World Cup for the first time,” Ntseki said. “One has to be very realistic when venturing into the unknown because we will be in the World Cup for the first time, even though I was in the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt. This will be the first time where I am the head coach. We are looking forward to the World Cup.

“For us as South Africans we are looking beyond the group stages. Going beyond the group stage will help us because in the knockout stage, anything can happen. By then we would have played three matches so in terms of the team cohesion and understanding will be a plus for us.”

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