Aghmat Ceres celebrates goal with Thabo senong, coach of South Africa during the 2016 Cosafa U20 Youth Championship match between South Africa and Lesotho at Moruleng Stadium, Rusternburg South Africa on 07 December 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Friday Mar 03, 2017. 18:00
South Africa coach Thabo Senong says his charges learned a lesson from their first defeat at the 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.
Despite opening the scoring, Amajita went on to suffer a 4-3 defeat to Senegal's Young Lions of Teranga in Ndola, Zambia on Thursday evening.
"It was a good match but we defended badly. Also, we made fouls in dangerous areas and Senegal scored from a set piece," Senong told CAF Media.
"It was a disappointing second half. We have to pick ourselves up. We are not out of the competition. We are still in.
"We have to work on our defence and play better against Sudan. The lesson has come at the right time," he added.
"We have to remain positive and focused for the next match against Sudan. It is going to be our toughest game so far.
"We have to make sure we win and stay in the competition. We have to prepare and go all out."
South Africa will now face Sudan in their last Group B game in Lusaka, Zambia on Sunday.