Thabo Senong, Coach of South Africa during the 2017 COSAFA U20 football match between South Africa and Egypt at Nkana Stadium, Kitwe on 11 December 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Wednesday Dec 13, 2017. 09:00
South African U-20 coach Thabo Senong says they will take it one game at a time in the ongoing 2017 COSAFA Cup in Zambia.
The Amajita coach was speaking after their 2-1 win over Egypt on Monday to book a spot in the semifinals.
South Africa finished as Group B winners after beating Mauritius, Mozambique and the Young Pharaohs, and they will face best runner-up in the final four.
“From the start, when we came here, we just said we’re going to develop and compete,” said Senong.
“We’re not looking at the semifinals or the finals but it’s all about approaching one game at a time.
“Our objective was to come out of our group so that we can go to the knockout stages, which is a different type of football.
“The legs are not there, the pitches are not playable but wet, very heavy and we’ll have to adjust again, and try to play a different style.
“Also the pitch, to be honest, is not really playable so some our players can’t adapt. Our biggest problem is adapting. If they can adapt, maybe we can become a better team going forward.
“The anxiety of the players increases a little bit in the knockout stage, so we need to calm them down, analyse ourselves and we need to improve."