We’ve an uphill task—South Africa coach



South Africa under-20 national football team Coach, Thabo Senong, has rued the scoring chances they fluffed in Sunday’s home goal-less draw against Malawi’s junior Flames at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg.

The draw left the third and final qualifying round of the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations final qualifier delicately balanced ahead of the second-leg game in Lilongwe on Saturday.


Senong, in a post-match interview with the press in South Africa, admitted that it would not be easy to get a result in Malawi.

“For us, this was just the first-half. The second-half will be in Malawi. We would have liked to score, but now we have a lot of work to do when we go to Malawi.

“The game is not over, we have to go to Malawi and concentrate and continue to be solid. We need to make sure we don’t concede.


“We had moments where we dominated and created chances, [but] luck was not on our side to score goals. We will just continue giving the boys confidence and we will continue working on creating chances in training. We can defend, but we need to score goals. I have no doubt that we will do well away from home,” Senong is quoted as saying.

Malawi returned home yesterday and must be hoping for an improved home performance.

Under Coach Meke Mwase, the junior Flames are yet to win at home, having drawn 0-0 with Swaziland, lost by 1-2 and 0-1 margins to Angola and Zambia, respectively.

In contrast, the junior Flames have won 1-0 and 4-1 in Zambia and Angola, respectively, while managing a 1-1 draw in Swaziland.

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