Amajita over injury worries

2009-09-26 00:00

THE South African national U20 side, Amajita, are almost ready to open their account in the Fifa U20 World Cup in Egypt that star­ted on Thursday.

In their opening match, Amajita take on the United Arab Emirates in Alexandria tomorrow.

The South Africans arrived in north Africa on Tuesday and immediately got down to training. In their final preparations, Amajita had two injury worries — the Orlando Pirates duo of Andile Jali and Sibusiso Mxoyana, but both were expected to resume training yesterday.

South Africa’s head coach, Serame Letsoaka, was optimistic about the task ahead and the team’s chan­ces in the tournament.

“We know the UAE are a very good team as we saw them during the Asian U20 Cup competition, and also when they played against Egypt in the Toulon Festival. But we still stand a good chance against them and I believe we can beat them on Sunday,” said Letsoaka.

What gives Letsoaka even more confidence is the fact that he has an almost full-strength squad to choose from.

“The team is ready and we are hoping there will be no interruptions in our preparations during these last few days before our first match, because the first game is always very important in any competition. As for the injuries, I am optimistic the two players will be ready for the UAE.”

Ajax Cape Town forward Thulani Serero could be a key figure for Amajita.

Amajita are in the same group as Honduras and Hungary. They are based in Alexandria, where they will play their first two group matches. The last match will be played in Port Said.

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Kickoff: 6.45 pm SA time – live on SABC1 and SuperSport 7

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