2019 African Games: Match-Day Two Preview

2019 African Games: Match-Day Two Preview
South Africa's Amajita coach Helman Mkhalele

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Aug 20, 2019. 12:00

The 2019 African Games action will continue in midweek as teams battle for the four spots in the semi-finals.

The eight participating Under-20 national teams will be playing their second group matches on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Tournament hosts, Morocco were proclaimed 3-0 winners against South Africa by CAF after the latter failed to arrive on time.

The Young Atlas Lions are now set to face Burkina Faso in a Group A match at the Stade Moulay Hassan in Rabat on Tuesday. Kick-off is at 17h00 CAT.

The Young Stallions of Burkina Faso started their Group A campaign with a 1-1 stalemate with Nigeria at the Sports Center of FAR in Salé on Friday.

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will be hoping to secure their first Group A win when they take on South Africa at the Stade Moulay Hassan on Tuesday. Kick-off is at 14h00 CAT.

Group B will take centre stage on Wednesday as Mali take on Burundi at the Stade Municipal in Kenitra. Kick-off is at 14h00 CAT.

Mali’s Young Eagles held their West African rivals Senegal to a 0-0 draw in their first match at the Stade Municipal in El Mansouria on Friday.

The Young Swallows of Burundi will be keen to bounce back after losing 2-1 to Ghana in another match which was played in El Mansouria on Friday.

Ghana’s Black Satellites are scheduled to face Senegal in the West African Derby at the Stade Municipal. Kick-off is at 17h00 CAT.


South Africa coach Helman Mkhalele is expecting a tough match against Nigeria, but he is confident that Amajita can get a positive result against the West African giants

“We are expecting a tough match because, as you know, there is a rich history of rivalry between the two countries, regardless of the age group we are competing in,” Mkhalele said.

Everybody has been looking really sharp in training and we are really looking forward to our first Group A fixture. We want nothing but a positive result from this tie.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation’s General Secretary Dr Mohammed Sanusi has challenged the Flying Eagles to go for gold medals at the tournament.

“From available records, Nigeria has not won a gold medal in the men’s football event since 1973 that we hosted the second All-Africa Games in Lagos. It is a very long time and the Flying Eagles have to do make their best efforts to win this year,” Sanusi said.

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