Letsoaka, who is a former Under 20 coach, says he believes the team can assert itself in the tournament, and that they are in the right hands in Molefi Ntseki.
“Look, the team has been together for a while, and did well in the qualifiers. Molefi is a good coach and has significant experience under his belt, he was there when I went to the same tournament (with the Under 20 team in 2009),” says Letsoaka.
He also revealed that Ntseki’s preparations have been spot-on: “He has prepared well, playing Chile was a good practise because they play a similar style to that of Costa Rica, who are in their group.”
Letsoaka says the only disadvantage that Ntseki may have is that he could not take his entire technical team, having been forced to replace John Tlale a day before the team left South Africa because his club, Royal Eagles, refused to release him.
Tlale was replaced by former Maritzburg United coach Mandla Ncikazi.
“It is always good to have people that you have developed an understanding with on the bench. But I wouldn’t want to comment on why he chose this one over that one when it comes to the replacement,” said Letsoaka.
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