Majimbos test strength in friendlies

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The newly assembled South African Under-17 national soccer side will test their strength against Safa Soweto in a friendly today.

The match against the Under-19s of Soweto, which is scheduled to start at 10am, will be played at the Safa Klipsruit-Pimville Development Centre.

Majimbos will also play another match tomorrow against as yet unnamed opponents.

They are using the two games as part of their final preparations for the revived Cosafa Under-17 Cup in Windoek, Namibia, this weekend.

"We are delighted that all the selected boys are in camp, we started with our preparations for the tournament in Namibia on Sunday," said new coach Teboho Moloi. "The challenge that we are dealing with now as the technical staff is to get the boys back into shape, some of them are unfit.

"The majority of the youngsters have not been training because they have been busy with their final examinations."

On his appointment as new coach, Moloi said he was grateful to Safa for showing confidence in him by giving him the job to lead Majimbos.

Moloi is one of the two coaches who were sent to Germany with former Majimbos coach Doctor Khumalo last year for a month-long advanced coaching course.

"It's a great honour. I have played soccer at international level and I'm looking forward to helping Majimbos do well in the region and globally," said Moloi.

"For now we are using the tournament in Namibia to lay a solid foundation for the qualifiers of the African Under-17 Championships, starting next year."

Moloi is assisted by Solly Luvhengo.