U17 : Amajimbos Coach Molefi Ntseki remains positive
South Africa Under 17 better known as Amajimbos lost their first group E match to Costa Rica 2 -1 but the Coach remains positive
South Africa became the first African country to lose a match after the other three teams Nigeria, Mail and Guinea got points from their respective opening games. South Africa gave a good account of themselves especially in the second half.
South Africa gave away a soft goal in the first 10 minutes of the first half. The goal gave Costa Rica a lot of momentum and believe that the could harm South Africa. Amajimbos were caught by surprise on the 7th minute and Costa Rica scored their first goal of the match.
The opener came just seven minutes in, with some good interchange of play down the Costa Rican right. Roberto Cordoba played an incisive pass that found Reyes inside the penalty area. He delivered a precise cross to the back post, which found the sliding Kevin Masis with a left-footed finish.
Molefi Ntseki said “Congratulations to Costa Rica for collecting maximum points. We were expecting a tough match as it was our first match of the group. If you look at how we started we were flat, and later on we realized we have to take the game to Costa Rica”
The referee awarded Costa Rica a dubious penalty to Costa Rica. The Penalty comes after South Africa missed a scoring chance and the counter resulted in a corner for Costa Rica, Amajimbos failed to clear the ball probably. The ball seemed to have hit the upper chest of Katlego Mohamme. When asked about the penalty Coach Molefe Ntseki said
“It was a very soft penalty but at the end of the day it was a penalty”
Both teams displayed great attacking football with Amajimbos creating the most scoring chance but failing to take any, while Costa Rica used the little chances they had.
“I would give the first half to Costa Rica and the second half to South Africa”
Although Amajimbos created numerous scoring chances they couldn’t convert any until the 90th minute. Khanyisa Mayo failed to convert golden scoring opportunities but scored with the last opportunity of the game.
“The decision making by individuals within the final third let us down. We wasted a lot of chance but if we converted those chances we could be talking a different story. The fall down we experience today was missing chances”
“We should stay positive with the two games remaining or our world cup dream is over” he concluded