Luvhengo acts as caretaker for Amajita

2011-10-22 20:18

The South African Under-20 team will again go to a tournament with a caretaker coach this year.

National Under-17 coach Solly Luvhengo has been tasked to guide Amajita at the Metropolitan Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championship in Botswana, which runs from December 1-12.
Luvhengo is the team’s second interim coach this year.

 Former deputy mentor Maqsood Chenia took charge of the Amajita side which bombed out in the first round of the Caf African Youth Championships on these shores in April.

It is almost a year since Khabo Zondo was relieved of his duties as the Under-20 head coach, but Safa is yet to appoint a perma-nent replacement.

Fanyana Sibanyoni, Safa technical committee chairperson said, “Solly has been appointed on the basis that he has worked with most of the Under-20 boys before. We will advertise the (head coach) post after the tournament in Botswana. Khabo is about to sign a new contract after being redeployed to the Transnet School of Excellence.”

Luvhengo said: “We are still in the process of appointing the assistant coach and hopefully there will be a final decision on Monday (tomorrow).”

Luvhengo, who was informed of his appointment on Wednesday, said he would assemble the team this week.

Under Zondo, Amajita have lost nine out of 10 official games.

This culminated in the junior national soccer squad failing to qualify for the African Youth Championships. Zondo was last in charge of the team that fell at the first hurdle at the Cosafa tournament last year which was also played in Botswana.

Ironically, Luvhengo was assistant to Chenia when the team failed in its second bid to qualify for the Fifa Under-20 World Cup via the Youth Champs.

This was after South Africa was given a lifeline in the tournament they were initially knocked out from – by virtue of being hosts – after Libya withdrew.

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