Amajimbos head for Argentina

2010-08-04 10:40

The South African Under-17 squad, Amajimbos, will tour Argentina next month as part of their preparations for the 2011 African Championships and the World Cup.

During their five-day tour, the South Africans will face Boca Juniors and the Argentinian Under-17 side.

The trip to South America was born out a bilateral agreement signed in 2008 between SA and Argentina and is being bankrolled by the team’s sponsors First National Bank.

Before they embark on the tour, Amajimbos will travel to Lesotho for a friendly encounter this weekend.

The Maseru fixture will also fine tune Solly Luvhengo’s charges ahead of the start of their continental qualifying campaign, which kicks off later this month with a tough two-legged clash against Burkina Faso.

Luvhengo said he wanted to lay a solid foundation for Bafana Bafana.

He said: “We start here. This is a stepping stone to bigger things. If we want to create a winning nation, we must teach our youngsters to think beyond our borders and expose them to big matches.

“We are preparing them to match the best in the world. It will be a massive experience to play against the likes of Argentina.”

Luvhengo said he hoped similar tours at nations with football pedigree, will help to the course of vision 2011.

On condition that the team qualify, Amajita’s sponsors have promised to return the favour by inviting the Argentine to Mzansi later this year.

The Under-17 African Championships will take place in Rwanda while Mexico will host the World Cup, also next year.

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