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Amajita coach regrets Senegal loss

MULWANDA LUPIYA, Ndola
SOUTH Africa coach Thabo Senong regrets Thursday’s Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations Group B loss to Senegal but he is still upbeat that the Amajita will progress to the semi-finals.
The Amajita lost 4-3 to Senegal in a thrilling encounter at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Senegal have four points, one better than South Africa and Cameroun while Sudan have one point.
South Africa face Sudan tomorrow at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka while Senegal will battle it out against Cameroun in a West African derby in Ndola to decide who progress to the last four.
Senong said in a post-match interview on Thursday that his team lost concentration in the second half hence conceding four goals.
“We lost concentration you know these boys sometimes they make mistakes. After the match against Cameroon, we spoke about inconsistency, so unfortunately it happened but I still say it happened at the right time.
“It will help us focus more, behave better in the next match [against Sudan] but as I said, we are still in the tournament. We must remain positive because we have another tough side Sudan,” Senong said.
He said Sudan will not be easy but Amajita are targeting maximum points to realise their ambition of qualifying for the 2017 FIFA South Korea World Cup.
And Senegal coach Joseph Koto praised the West Africans mentality after staging a stunning come-from-behind victory.
“What gave us victory was actually the mentality of players. They were mentally strong and composed and that helped the players to go ahead and get the result of today [Thursday]. I was impressed with this spirit,” Koto said.
He said the team is looking forward to tomorrow’s West African derby.




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