bafana put to shame by U-20s

SUPERSPORT United coach Gavin Hunt reckons the Under-20 national team currently playing in Egypt are so good that they are better than Bafana Bafana.

SUPERSPORT United coach Gavin Hunt reckons the Under-20 national team currently playing in Egypt are so good that they are better than Bafana Bafana.

Amajita are competing with 24 other teams at the Fifa Under-20 World Cup. Their eye-catching performance, particularly that of former United striker Kermit Erasmus and George Maluleka in their opening match against the United Arab Emirates, prompted the United minder to say that some of the players should have been chosen in the senior national team that played in the Confederations Cup that took place in June.

"I cannot believe some of the strikers who are chosen for that (Bafana) team," Hunt said.

Hunt also said it was a pity that Amajita coach Serame Letsoaka chose to leave midfielder Masibuzane Zongo behind, due to Zongo's alleged behavioural misdemeanours. Zongo has been the subject of some negative media reports.

"Look, Zongo has a phenomenal left foot, and they do not have a natural left-footed player. I believe they could have overlooked some of the issues they are concerned about, for now. Having said all that, I think the team is fantastic and I am really happy for them," he said.

He congratulated Amajita for a fantastic effort in the 2-all Sunday draw.

Hunt also gave credit for Erasmus and Maluleke's superb performances to the groundwork done at United's development academy by coaches Kaetano Tembo and Kwanele Kopo.

Three players in Letsoka's camp who were developed by Tembo and Kopo are Kamohelo Mokotjo, Philani Khwela and Bongani Zulu.

"Credit must go to these people who groomed these boys," said Hunt, who hailed Amajita for showing hunger, confidence and resourcefulness.

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