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Amajita's trip to Rwanda hits a snag

By unknown | Dec 15, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Amajita's plans of going to Kigali for a week-long camp to familiarise themselves with conditions in Rwanda ahead of the 2009 Africa Youth Champions have gone up in smoke.

"The trip is off, Rwanda cancelled the trip," said Raymond Hack, South African Football Association (Safa) chief executive officer, yesterday.

Hack, pictured, strongly denied that Safa told Amajita's team management that there were no funds to cater for such a trip. This was after Amajita management decided to play against five top Rwandan clubs as part of preparations for the tournament in Kigali.

Semifinalists in Rwanda will qualify for the 2009 World Youth Championships in Cairo, Egypt. Amajita qualified for the finals once, in 1997 under Shakes Mashaba.

Hack explained: "The situation is that Rwanda organised the trip and were going to pay for it. They have since informed us that the trip has now been cancelled.

"There is no way a national team can play with a club, we agreed with the team (Amajita) to set-up a local camp to prepare for the tournament in Rwanda.

"You can speak to Stan (Tshabalala, head of Safa junior national teams) regarding the camp."

Tshabalala and Letsoaka could not be reached for comment. Rwanda have gone to Tunis, Tunisia, to prepare for the tournament which they will be hosting from January 18 to February 1.

Amajita are in Group B with Egypt, Nigeria and Ivory Coast.


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