Amajita, the South African Men’s U20 National Team, has sarrived home safely following their 1-1 draw against Cameroon in the third round first leg qualifier of the 2015 African Youth Championship.
The South Africans touched down at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg around midnight yesterday.
The clash took place on Saturday, 16 August at the Stade Omnisports Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The South Africans equalised in the 62nd minute after Eteme Adamou Achilles had scored shortly after the restart.
“It was a very good game from the boys, but also tough at the same time. Cameroon came there with a plan to attack us, and show us who was boss since they were playing at home but we stuck to our plans. I think the 1-1 draw is a good result playing away from home,” said Amajita captain Ayabulela Magqwaka.
“Now it’s our turn to show them who is boss. We shouldn’t just defend but go there and play our football the way we know it and get a win. The 1-1 draw is an advantage but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves and take it easy.”
“We have to keep our feet on the ground, know what we want and not lose the vision. We must put on another good performance and get a better result than in the first leg.”
Forward Fagrie Lakay shared the captain’s sentiments.
“I think it was a great match. We all know we had to win the game but 1-1 is not that bad as we have an away goal. It is a good draw but we are not happy, we are a bit disappointed that we could not finish it off after creating good chances. We have to work harder in the second leg and convert those chances,” said the Santos front man.
“Cameroon will throw everything at us because for them it was like a loss and we need to be prepared and give 100 percent. This reminds us of the U17 squad where more or less the same thing happened to us.”
“We played Zambia first leg and it was a 1-1 draw at home, in the second leg it wasn’t easy, we gave our all and won. So we know how Cameroon must be feeling with the result because we have been there, and we have to be really prepared.”
During their days in the U17 squad, some of the Amajita players missed out on the African Youth Championships and now they are on the verge of reviving that dream.
“It is going to be major feat to win this match. We played in the U17 squad and didn’t make it through to the AYC and it killed a lot of our dreams. I just think this is the time when we have to do it, and I believe we have the advantage. If we lose it now we can’t blame anyone.”
“A win will also be big for the country where a lot of South Africans are depending on us. We just have to go out there and prove them right that this is the team, this is the future and we have bigger goals set for this team,” added the captain.
Magqwaka said the team will miss number one goal minder Dumisani Msibi who was red carded in Yaounde.
“He is a very big part of the team and it is a huge blow that he won’t be available, but having said that this is the national team I believe another good player will come in his place,” concluded Magqwaka.
Amajita return to camp Sunday, 24 August for the second leg, which will be played in Polokwane on Sunday, 31 August.