The Amajita national men’s Under-20 football side wrapped up their European tour with a 2-1 loss to PEC Zwolle U21/reserves in Netherlands on Tuesday.

The tour was part of South Africa’s preparations for the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup, which kicks off later this month.


The home side opened the scoring in the first five minutes of the match when Tarik Fagrach found the back of the net after lack of communication among the South African defence. The hosts increased their lead minutes later, with a goal from Hervin Ongenda.

Amajita tried to claw back into the match when Keletso Makgawa found the back of the net – this was after some good combination play between Aghmat Cere, Sibongakonke Mbatha and Makgawa.

‘PEC Zwolle gave us the best competition in the three matches we played here in the Netherlands. We were able to motivate and encourage the players and they managed to dig deep into their reserves, but unfortunately we could not add any more goals to the one we scored,’ said Amajita head coach Thabo Senong.

‘We are satisfied with what transpired, as we achieved a lot during our short stay here, but this has been a great training camp for us all round,’ said Senong.

This was Amajita’s third and final match of the tour of Europe. They beat Amsterdam 2-0 and lost 1-0 and 2-1 against VFL Bochum and PEC Zwolle respectively.

‘Our work here is done, and we saw many things that we need to work on ahead of the World Cup, and at the same time we picked up some exciting and encouraging things from our players, so it was a worthwhile exercise,’ added Senong.

‘We are heading back home to continue with the next phase of preparations, which will lead us directly to the tournament and it’s going to be intense. But before then, we will announce the squad that will represent us in South Korea – and these matches have helped the technical team a great deal when it comes to making the final selection.’

The Amajita squad leave for South Africa on Wednesday evening, and are expected back home on Thursday morning.

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