We respect every team because the eight teams here are the best in the youth category on the continent. Therefore, we take every game seriously and believe in our philosophy.
The performance of our senior team (winners of the Total AFCON Gabon 2017) is a motivation for us, but we are not under any form of pressure. We have the blessings of the senior team and we hope to get good results.
In my team, you can find some of the best U-20 players you can imagine. They are players with a different philosophy compared to other teams. We have worked very hard and we will show what we have on the pitch.
There is no pressure on us as the technical team have reposed much confidence in us. We are taking a good example from our senior brothers [who won the Total AFCON Gabon 2017]. We are very aware the whole of Cameroon is counting on us. South Africa is a good team, but our target is the three points.
Thabo Senong (Head Coach, South Africa)
Our preparations went well and we are looking forward to a fruitful tournament. All our energy is focused on the first match against Cameroon, since the first match in every tournament is very important. Playing against teams from West Africa is always tough because they rely on aerial dominance and set pieces. That is why it was good to prepare against teams such as Mali to test our readiness mentally and physically, as well as travelling to Zambia for the players to adapt. We believe in our quick football and the mobility in our balanced squad.
Our captain (Tercius Malepe) is suspended after accumulating two yellow cards during the qualifiers, and I believe we have players who can take over in his absence.
Cameroon will be tough and we need to make a lot of sacrifices tactically.
Tercius Malepe (Captain, South Africa)
I’m very disappointed to be suspended for the opening match against Cameroon. However, I believe my colleagues are capable. We are a much organised team and are looking forward to a win against Cameroon.