Ama­jita be­gin Cosafa U20 youth cham­pi­onship prepa­ra­tions

African Times - - Sport -

SOUTH African Men’s Un­der-20 Na­tional Team, is back in camp in prepa­ra­tion for the 2017 COSAFA U20 Youth Cham­pi­onships to be hosted in Kitwe, Zam­bia be­tween 6 and 16 De­cem­ber 2017.

Ama­jita held their first train­ing ses­sion on Sun­day, 19 Novem­ber un­der the watch­ful eye of Bafana Bafana Head Coach Stu­art Bax­ter; who was in­vited to con­duct the first train­ing ses­sion and give some in­sight to the play­ers about the im­por­tance of ju­nior tour­na­ments in re­spect to build­ing their ex­pe­ri­ence on the African con­ti­nent.

Ama­jita head coach Thabo Senong started the camp with only 21 play­ers in­stead of the ex­pected 26 as some were with­drawn from the squad due to school ex­ams. How­ever, this has not de­rail his plans as he be­lieves the pool of play­ers is big enough to give new play­ers a chance to join the Ama­jita set up.

“We had a great re­sponse from all 21 play­ers in the first train­ing ses­sion and we are very grate­ful to all the clubs that re­leased their play­ers. We are go­ing to have an in­tense week of train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the COSAFA U20 Youth Cham­pi­onships and an­nounce our pre­lim­i­nary squad as soon as pos­si­ble” said Senong.

“We de­cided to in­vite coach Bax­ter to al­low the play­ers to meet the coach and for him to share some of his ex­pe­ri­ence as they are the fu­ture se­nior play­ers. The play­ers were very ex­cited to have a ses­sion un­der him;”said Senong.

South Africa has been drawn into Group B of the tour­na­ment and will be look­ing to de­feat Egypt, Mozam­bique and Mau­ri­tius on their route to the fi­nal where they lost out to this year’s tour­na­ment hosts Zam­bia in the 2016 edi­tion - safa.net

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