Ama­jita can go all the way - Ap­po­lis

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Tshepo Nt­soe­len­goe

Ama­jita and Su­perS­port United mid­fielder Oswin Ap­po­lis (right) says their win in their open­ing game at the Cosafa Cup Un­der-20 was good, but now they have to fo­cus on their next game.

South Africa had a dream start to the tour­na­ment in Group B, thump­ing Mau­ri­tius 5-0 at the Sun­set Sta­dium in Zam­bia on Thurs­day evening.

The team led by in­terim coach Hel­man Mkhalele will now clash with Mada­gas­car in their next game at the same venue to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

Go­ing into this game, the mid­fielder be­lieves ev­ery­thing is go­ing well for the team even though it is full of young play­ers.

“It was a good win for the boys, but now we have to fo­cus on our next match against Mada­gas­car on Sun­day (to­mor­row). So, we need to pre­pare well be­cause we don’t know what we are go­ing up against. Maybe bet­ter or maybe bad, but we don’t know,” said Ap­po­lis.

“I think there is a list of good things that are hap­pen­ing for the team. It’s a young team but there are good play­ers here. It’s not about the age and I think we will grow as a team.

With South Africa be­ing the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, Ap­po­lis be­lieves the cur­rent Ama­jita can go all the way to win the fi­nal and be­lieves the pre­vi­ous Ama­jita team had qual­ity play­ers hence they were able to win the tour­na­ment back-to-back.

He thanked his team-mates for get­ting the Man-of-the-Match award fol­low­ing a great dis­play which came with scor­ing two goals for the team.

“I think the pre­vi­ous Un­der-20 team that won the two tro­phies was very good and they were older than these boys (cur­rent Ama­jita team), but I think we stand a good chance to win this tour­na­ment as well,” he added.

“I just want to say thank you to the team and the coach for be­liev­ing in me, but now we have to fo­cus on our next game.”

Ama­jita will go up against a Mada­gas­car side which also got their tour­na­ment campaign off on a win­ning mode af­ter beat­ing Le­sotho 3-0 and a win will put them in line for the semi­fi­nals.

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