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Congratulations, Amajita! Our national Under-20 soccer side has taken the trophy at their Commonwealth Games in Russia and have returned to bask in victory in South Africa. Speaking to 702's John Robbie, Amajita's Caretaker Coach David Notoane expressed their excitement:
It's unbelievable, the performance from the boys was fantastic - there were sacrifices made and hard work!
Notoane outlined the tactic they employed throughout their games:
When we went to Russia, we watched the first two or three games and my Assistant Coach said that one thing that is going to carry us is our physical ability and the speed. If we instil that tactical awareness and be patient with our precision, it would work for us and both of those teams (that they'd watched before participating in the Games) were playing with big defense; this meant that we needed to be patient, kick the ball, wear them down and wait for the right moment to penetrate them.
And what of the current doom and gloom over Bafana's loss to Ghana, leaving our national team out of the Afcon? Notoane remains positive over Bafana's future:
Let's keep running behind Bafana. Those are young boys that came out of the Under-23's; it's their first Afcon and they will draw experience from this Afcon and by 2017, I think they will be more mature and hopefully we'll be able to get one or two of these boys to graduate from these Under-20's, because our intention is to go the World Cup in the Under-20's and I'm sure that will help Bafana in the future.