The South African U20 national team crashed to a disappointing 2-0 defeat to the West Africans in a match all-and-sundry say Amajita never turned up for the game.
“We were disappointed by the outcome and our showing on the day; the nation was equally disenchanted because this is not the Amajita they know. We were not mobile, were easily bullied off the ball and our body language was poor.
“The good thing is that the defeat happened on the opening match whereby we still have six massive points to play for. We can’t afford to disappoint our legion of supporters again,” said the crafty midfielder who by his high standards had a subdued game against Ghana.
“Against Mali, we need to be aggressive, disciplined and go for the kill early in the game. That has been the trend in these games. Matches are normally decided in the opening 45 minutes,” he added.
The Tourizense FC linkman said the good thing about tomorrow’s match is that no one needed to be motivated about it because coming out without anything would mean an early departure from the tournament.
“We all want to go to New Zealand. It is good for the country, good for our families and above all good for our careers. We have spoken about this among ourselves, the technical team and we all have fire within ourselves. We can’t afford to let our guard down, not at all.”
Captain of the team, Mamelodi Sundowns’ Motjeka Madisha says Thursday’s match with Mali would be tough but the team had no choice but to throw their bodies collectively on the line.
“It has come to that; but the good thing is we are mentally and physically psyched up for the occasion. This is when life calls one to either swim or sink; it is as simple as that,” he said.
The match between South Africa and Mali starts at 16h30 (18h30 SA time) and will be followed by the Ghana v Zambia encounter.