The tournament could not have come at a better time as the Under-20 are busy preparing for the CAF African Youth tournament that is scheduled for Senegal in March this year.
“This tournament gives us an ideal preparation for the African Youth tournament. We should leave here knowing what our chances are going to Senegal but as a technical team, we have set our goals high.
Amajita got a boost this week with the arrival in Russia of Supersport goalkeeper Dumisani Msibi who missed the Qatar friendly.
Captain Motjeka Madisha said the spirit in the camp was amazing and that the team would stun a few countries in this Commonwealth Cup.
“We have come here to make a statement and hone our preparations for Senegal and I can see from the eyes of the players that they can’t wait for the kick off.
“They are hurting from the result in Qatar but sometimes, if one is to go forward you need to be jolted a bit. We will do well here, I promise,” said Madisha.
South Africa open their account against Lithuania on Saturday before taking on Tajikistan the following day before rounding off their group stage matches with a tie against Kazakhstan.