South Africa out to bag bronze against Guinea

South Africa out to bag bronze against Guinea
Sibongakonke Mbatha of South Africa challenged by Ramadan Suliman of Sudan during the 2017 Total Zambia U-20 African Cup of Nations match between Sudan and South Africa at Heroes National Stadium, Lusaka Zambia on 05 March 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Mar 10, 2017. 16:00

South Africa will hope to bag the third spot at the 2017 U20 Africa Cup of Nations when they meet Guinea on Sunday

Amajita will be out to restore their pride and ensure they wrap-up their junior tournament in style with a bronze medal.

Coach Thabo Senong will have to motivate his side to win their third match in the tournament as they bagged two wins in Group B.

Despite a fine run in the group phase, they succumbed to a late 1-0 loss to hosts Zambia on Wednesday in the semi-finals.

On the other hand, having qualified for the 2017 FIFA World Cup and meeting the Young Syli Nationale presents an opportunity to ensure they exit the tournament in high spirits.

“I believe that they (Zambia) are the favourites. I even said when we came here in Lusaka that we want to prepare with the favourites, which Zambia is,” said Senong.

“We qualified to the World Cup because of preparing with this kind of opposition. I think they are the favourites to win the tournament but of course it is going to be very tough.

“In general I am very proud of the progress of football in the Southern region. This tournament has been really a Cosafa tournament, we have just tried to balance the dominance that we always experience from our West African counterparts."

Looking at the Syli Nationale, their 1-0 loss in the semi-finals has also pushed them to find a win on Sunday.

Coach Mandjou Diallo is aware he must motivate his charges to put the Senegal loss behind them.

Guinea are one of the surprise packages in the tournament as they shocked many by reaching the semis and booking a spot at the U20 World Cup later this year..

Having finished as number two in Group A with four points from one win and a draw behind hosts Zambia, Guinea will want to bag the medal on offer.

The match will be staged at the National Heroes Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 14:00.

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