Amajimbos are expected to arrive in the Indian city on Thursday night (6 October 2016) following a delayed departure.
The South Africans play their first match against the hosts on Friday, 7 October at Bambolin Grounds.
Amajimbos have been in camp since Thursday, 29 September and have had two practices matches against Pimville Young Stars and the Supersport Academy – losing 2-1 and 3-1 respectively.
“This was a very welcome exercise on different fronts. First we had to see how far they were in terms of fitness, as well as technical and tactical readiness. Based on our findings from that match, we worked out a programme because had been busy with exams. Then we also played against Supersport United to give us an idea of what we needed to work on,” said Amajimbos head coach Molefi Ntseki.
“The results were not that important to us because we were on a fact-finding mission. The loss to Pimville Youngsters was a wake-up call for our players as we were playing against bigger and older boys. When you look at the practice matches and want to emphasise on the results, then you end up not having a very positive mind going into a tournament – the emphasis was more on tactical mistakes, which we had to rectify.”
Ntseki is not too bothered by the late arrival in India.
“To be honest we would have loved to be there as early as possible to also acclimatize, but due to matters beyond our control we were not able to. We cannot cry over spilt milk but have to soldier on. From the delay, we were able to fit in more training sessions so we departed South Africa ready to play, having completed our preparations,” added Ntseki.
He has emphasised the importance of getting off to a good start.
“It is very important to win your first match as it sets the tone for the rest of the tournament. If you do well in your first match, then you have an opportunity to go all the way to the final,” said Ntseki.
The u17 mentor has had to make changes to the initial team after some players suffered injuries - Thapelo Gaogatwe, Thabiso Monyane and Sphamandla Ntuli, while Linamandla Mcilizeli and Bonga Dladla have had to be withdrawn due to passport problems. Dladla was a late withdrawal, leaving Amajimbos with 21 players.
Kabelo Makola (Bophelo High School), Thabo Mokoena (Kaizer Chiefs) as well as Sthembiso Kurata and Mpho Mahlangu (both from Supersport United) have been called up as replacements.
Meanwhile India lost their opening match 1-0 to a ten-man Russia on Wednesday, 5 October at Bambolin Grounds.
Russia scored through Lopatin Daniil in the 4th minute.
Brazil were comfortable 2-0 winners over China in the earlier match.
* The BRICS u17 Football Cup features the five BRICS countries - economic block formed by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa
* It will be played annually
* Each edition will be hosted by one of the BRICS nations
* It is also seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2017 FIFA u17 World Cup which will be hosted by India from September – October 2017
BRICS u17 FOOTBALL CUP FIXTURES:
Round Robin Stage – Bambolin Ground
Wednesday, 5 October
China 0 - 2 Brazil
Russia 1 - 0 India
Friday, 7 October
South Africa vs India 16h00 (12h30 SA Time)
China vs Russia 20h00
Sunday, 9 October
Brazil vs Russia 16h00
South Africa vs China 20h00 (16h30 SA Time)
Tuesday, 11 October
India vs China 16h00
Brazil vs South Africa 20h00 (16h30 SA Time)
Thursday, 13 October
Russia vs South Africa 16h00 (12h30 SA Time)
India vs Brazil 20h00
3rd & 4th Place Play Off – PJN Stadium Fatorda
Saturday, 15 October
Group 3rd Place vs Group 4th Place 10h00 (06h30 SA Time)
FINAL – PJN Stadium Fatorda
Saturday, 15 October
Group Winner vs Group Runner Up 15h30 (12h00 SA Time)
SA u17 MEN’S SQUAD TO INDIA
1. TSHEPO MOHUI SUPERSPORT UNITED
2. GLEN BAADJIES MAMELODI SUNDOWNS
3. RHUWANO WYNNE ROYAL BLUES
4. MSWATI MAVUSO GLENEDENE
5. LUKE FLEURS FISH-HOEK
6. SECHABA MOKOENA HARMONY ACADEMY
7. LETHABO MAZIBUKO ORLANDO PIRATES
8. NKANYISO SHINGA KZN ACADEMY
9. THABO MOKWENA KAIZER CHIEFS
10. JAQUEEL DE JAGER CAPE TOWN CITY
11. MJABULISE MKHIZE MAMELODI SUNDOWNS
12. TYREESE PILLAY PIMVILLE YOUNG STARS
13. SABELO RADEBE KAIZER CHIEFS
14. NDAMOLELO RADZILANI PIMVILLE YOUNGSTARS
15. LUKE LE ROUX IKAPA SPORTING
16. KABELO MAKOLA BOPHELO SCHOOL
17. THABISO MONYANE ORLANDO PIRATES
18. SIFUNDO NKOSI DOUBLE CLASSIC
19. LYLE FOSTER ORLANDO PIRATES
20. MPHO MAHLANGU SUPERSPORT UNITED
21. STHEMBISO KURATA SUPERSPORT UNITED