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Amajimbos look to maintain momentum against Nigeria
- Updated: February 25, 2015
After qualifying the national Under-17 football side for the World Cup later this year, coach Molefi Ntseki believes his players have earned the right to be ranked among the best on the continent.
At the weekend, the Amajimbos made history after qualifying for their first ever World Cup after beating Cameroon 3-1.
But they now have a huge obstacle in their way to reach the final as they meet Nigeria in the semi-finals of the African Youth Championships.
The Nigerians are four-time champions and will stretch Ntseki’s charges to the limit in their quest to reach the final.
The match is scheduled to kick-off at 4pm (local time) at the General Seyni Kountche Stadium in Niamey, Niger.
‘We want to rewrite the football history books by qualifying for the finals. We believe that this team is ready to overcome anyone including the so-called mighty Nigeria,’ emphasised Ntseki. We fully understand the task that lies before us and the importance of playing in the final of the CAF U/17 CAN.’
‘That’s enough motivation for the boys. We should do well.’
Ntseki’s assertion is supported by in-form midfielder and captain Nelson Maluleke whose brace helped sink Cameroon.
‘It would be wonderful to beat Nigeria. We have never played them before and this encounter must rank as one of the most tantalising encounters in this tournament.
‘It’s a blockbuster but we are relishing the challenge,’ said Maluleke.