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Coach blames refereeing for Amajita's drubbing in Korea

By Matome Lebea | Aug 07, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

AMAJITA coach Serame Letsoaka believes his boys are still on the right track despite their poor display in Korea.

The junior South African squad were defeated by Korea and Japan in the opening matches of the Four Nations Tournament in Korea.

Korea beat Amajita 4-0 in the opening match, before Japan strolled to a 6-2 win over the hapless South Africans, who were due to meet Egypt late yesterday.

That they conceded a whopping 10 goals and managed only two in these two matches should be a cause for concern for Letsoaka going into the Fifa Youth Championship in Egypt next month.

But Letsoaka is surprisingly not worried and blamed poor refereeing as having contributed to their defeats. He said his boys showed more composure and a lot of improvement in the match against Japan, and that they were unlucky to lose.

"Our boys played much better than in the first match, even though four of the opponents' goals where scored from free kicks. But the referee was just unkind to us and demoralised us," said Letsoaka yesterday.

"At one of the matches we refused to return to the pitch, demanding that the referee be replaced.

"We only returned when the officials spoke to him, but he was biased to us."

The tournament is part of the team's preparations for the Egypt event. Amajita will play the last friendly match against Japan on September 6 before they leave for the world event.


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