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Amajimbos turn up the heat in Cairo
- Updated: September 26, 2014
In what is essentially a prelude of what to expect when they take on their Egyptian counterparts on Saturday, SA Under-17 football coach Molefi Ntseki took his charges through their paces in blazing heat late Thursday afternoon.
The Amajimbos squad is in Cairo to play Egypt in the second leg of the CAF Youth championships having won the first leg 2-1. And from Thursday’s tough drilling, Ntseki is taking no chances.
Temperatures in this mostly desert country are hovering around the 37C degree mark and instead of remaining under cool indoors temperatures; Ntseki drilled his boys for more than an hour, practicing mainly set-pieces.
‘We are not here on holiday but to work and doing this is part of acclimatisation process,’ said the imposing mentor.
‘I know it looks unfair to the boys to expose them to this unrelenting heat but who says sweet achievements come on a silver platter; you must sweat and struggle for victory,’ he said.
The U17s play Egypt in the second leg of the CAF Youth championships in which the overall winners qualify for Niger next year. Then, the four top teams in Niger will qualify for the World Cup which is scheduled for Chile.