Tuesday Feb 05, 2019. 10:00
South Africa coach Thabo Senong has called on his players to be “switched on mentally” for their Africa U-20 Cup of Nations clash against Nigeria later today.
Amajita take on the Flying Eagles in Niamey, Niger for a second round Group A clash. SA drew their tournament opener with the host nation 1-1 on Saturday, while Nigeria took control of the pool with a 2-0 win over Burundi.
“The truth of the matter is we are in a tough group. Every side that is participating in this tournament would like to see themselves surviving their group by finishing in the top two,” Senong told the South African Football Association website.
“Sides like Nigeria had a strong start. They beat Burundi convincingly without conceding a single goal. We play them tomorrow and I believe that we need to be switched on mentally if we are to come out with a positive result at the end of full time.
“It is going to be a tactical match because both sides have got a good technical staff with players who are also good on the ball. A team that makes more mistakes is this encounter is the one that is going to lose in this upcoming match up. We just need to make sure we minimize the possibility of such occurring on our side, and we will be just fine.”
The top two teams from each group advance into the semifinals and also secure qualification to the U-20 World Cup in Poland later this year.