South African Under-20 men’s national team interim coach Helman Mkhelele has said they are aware of the huge expectation to do well in the 2019 COSAFA championship in Lusaka, which started on Wednesday and goes up to 14 December.
“As defending champions every team will be motivated to play against us, and his charges should be prepared for the players are prepared for the challenges ahead,” Mkhalele said.
The team, Amajita, are in the same group as Lesotho, Madagascar and Maurius.
Before the team left for Zambia on Tuesday, SA under-23 coach David Notoane visited Amajita at their training ground to wish them well; after Bafana Bafana coach did the same earlier in the week.
Notoane, who recently led his team to qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, told the Amajita players to seize the moment as they are the new generation of players that people are looking up to.
The matches will be livestreamed globally on COSAFATV and selected games will also be on ZNBC.
Live coverage will also be through the tournamen’s official Twitter handle @COSAFAMEDIA.
The championship is the last of five tournaments to be staged by COSAFA in 2019.