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Pressure mounts on SA's Majimbos

By unknown | Mar 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Pressure is mounting on Majimbos to start winning if they are still serious about qualifying for their maiden World Junior Championships.

This comes after they went down 2-0 to the hosts Togo in their opening African under-17 Championships in Lome on Saturday night.

Two second half goals from Abraw Camaldine and Atakora Lalawele were good enough to see Togo through in this group A match.

"We played well but luck was not on our side. The defeat has put us under pressure to do well against Gabon on Tuesday," said Serame Letsoaka, SA's coach.

"I still believe we will reach the final, we just have to stay focused and get positive results in the two group matches against Gabon and Tunisia.

"Our plan is not only to go all the way to the final, we want to qualify for the World Junior Championships in South Korea in August."

The South African under-17s suffered two major blows when defenders Dylon "Alarm" Claasen and Tshepo Gumede sustained injuries.

"We were too thin at the back against Togo."

In another group A match also played on Saturday night Gabon and Tunisia drew 0-0.

"Gabon are not a bad team, we just have to attack aggressively from the first whistle," said Letsoaka, who is assisted by Solly Luvhengo and John Tlale.

South Africa are making their second consecutive appearance in the tournament after losing 1-0 to the Ivory Coast in a third place playoff in 2005 in Gambia.

At that stage the top three countries were the ones who represented Africa in the World Junior Championships, but four countries reaching the semifinals in this biennial tournament will qualify for the World Junior Championships.


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