South Africa U20 coach delighted after his side's third place finish

Amajita registered a third place finish at the U20 Africa Cup of Nations

South Africa U20 coach Thabo Senong was understandably delighted after his side walked away with the bronze medal at the U20 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Niger.

It has certainly been a successful tournament for an impressive crop of junior players, who will now begin preparations for the upcoming U20 Fifa World Cup, thanks to them reaching the final four of the tournament.

Nonetheless, after the heartbreak of their narrow semi-final defeat to Senegal, Amajita were able to bounce back as they claimed a major scalp in the form of the Flying Falcons of Nigeria, courtesy of 5-3 penalty shootout victory.

“I’m happy for my boys because they won the match and we played against a very good team, Nigeria,” Senong was quoted as saying by Phakaaathi.

The game though lacked intensity due to the numerous changes made by both sets of coaches.

This saw possession turned over far too easily, and chances were at a premium especially on the side of Amajita.

“For us it was just to rotate the squad a bit and give some players caps and to approach the game with a winning mentality,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Senong’s counterpart Paul Osahon Aigbogun revealed disappointment with his side’s defeat.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t score during the ninety minutes and it goes to penalties like the semifinal and it’s anybody’s game and unfortunately we lost,” Aigbogun said.

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“I don’t think you can train for penalties. Our first penalty-taker missed and he has been taking all our penalties,” he expressed.