Amajita coach Thabo Senong says he was expecting to be in a tough group after they were grouped alongside Senegal, Cameroon and Sudan for the Under-20 Afcon Championships to be staged in Zambia between February and March in 2017.
The national Under-20 team is in Group B, while hosts Zambia will battle it out in Group A against Egypt, Mali and Guinea.
“The group is very tough, but that was always to be expected, as these are the best eight teams on the continent,” Senong told SAFA.net
“I am glad that we avoided the hosts [Zambia] and the current champions Mali. We are going to do complete research and analysis on our opponents Senegal, Cameroon and Sudan. We have to know everything about them.”
Senong said their aim would be to make the semifinals of the tournament, which will automatically book them a spot at next year’s Under-20 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in South Korea.
“We have a good team, and our preparations have already started. Our main aim is to go through the next round, which is the semis, [which] will give us a ticket to the FIFA World Cup.”