As the Total under- 20 AFCON group B teams play their second matches today, group leaders South Africa are on the verge of booking an early ticket to the 2017 South Korea under-20 World cup tournament which will kick off in May this year.
Having recorded a victory in their first match against Cameroon, South Africa’s main focus will now be on young Lions of Senegal to ensure that they pocket another three points which enable them represent the southern African region at the continental under-20 showpiece.
ZANIS sports reports from Mwanawasa staduim that the Amajita will again depend on their goal poacher- Luther Singh who scored three goals that saw the 19 year old top the list of top scorers’ in the ongoing under- 20 soccer show piece.
The bouncing back of to Malepe who was serving his one match suspension following the second yellow card he received in the qualifiers against Lesotho in June last year will be a morale booster to the team.
It’s very tough to deal with the psychology of players after a win especially that they are young but we are doing all we can to motivate them so that they don’t lose concentration on the pitch. The match against will be tough, it won’t be easy,” South African Coach Thabo Senong said.
He has described Senegal as one of the best teams in group B which has not lost a game in the last six months.
Pressure is on Senegal which will be without skipper Mamadou Diarra who was shown a straight red card after 14 minutes of play in the game that ended in a 1-all draw against Sudan.
Sudanese coach, Marie Joseph Francois has a huge task of solidifying his midfield to contain their South African counterparts who he said are fast and furious in the middle of the pitch.
Cameroon is aiming for nothing but a win to keep them in the tournament. Despite losing to the Amajita, the young Indomitable Lions showed resilience in the midfield but lacked concentration in defence.
They have to put behind the loss suffered at the hands of South Africa and put their minds on the ball. They have to put a high fighting spirit and ensure that they collect the maximum three points.
Sudan which is participating in the tournament for the first time since 1997 has to double up their paces upfront to match the speed and giant Cameroonian defenders who were caught unaware by Luther Singh in the opening match.
Sudan failed to beat 10 man Senegal on Monday will be looking forward to Hassan Hassan(Mutwakil) to liberate them from the fast legs of the giant Cameroon.
Mutwakil who in the first game a scored from a spot kick has a huge task of putting his team on the path for a historic win, which will brighten their hopes for the semi- final place.
Coach Suliman Mohamed Slaih says he still has hope that his boys will turn around tables and make put smiles on the faces of soccer fans in Sudan.
“We still have two matches and our concentration will be will be on the remaining matches. Cameroon is a very strong team despite them losing to Amajita. We will ensure that we use a different approach in today’s tomorrow’s (today) game.
I have a lot of confidence in my team and I still belie they will make us proud,” he said.