Pretoria, South Africa – (African Boulevard News) – South Africa U17 National football team’s coach, Duncan Crowie, has shared an inspiring message with his team after their quarter-final loss to Senegal at the TotalEnergies U17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Rather than dwelling on the loss, the coach has chosen to focus on the lessons learned from the experience.
“We don’t lose, we learn,” said Crowie. “There are always positive learning experiences that we can take from any result, and that’s what we will focus on. We will analyze what went wrong and what we can do better next time.”
South Africa’s U17 team made it to the quarter-finals of the TotalEnergies U17 AFCON tournament after finishing second in their group. However, the team was defeated by a dominant Senegalese side, who won the match 5-0.
Despite the loss, Crowie praised his team’s performance throughout the tournament and the character they displayed in the face of adversity. He also thanked the South African Football Association for their support.
“We had a good tournament, and I am proud of the players for their effort and commitment,” Crowie said. “We faced some tough challenges along the way, but we never gave up. I want to thank the SAFA for their support and for giving us this opportunity to represent our country at the TotalEnergies U17 AFCON.”
The TotalEnergies U17 AFCON is an important tournament for young African football players, providing a platform for them to showcase their skills and gain valuable experience. The tournament features teams from across the continent, with the aim of identifying talented young players who could potentially go on to play for their national senior teams.
Although South Africa did not make it to the semi-finals of the tournament, the experience gained by the team will be invaluable. The lessons learned from their quarter-final loss to Senegal will be used to improve the team’s performance in future tournaments.
In conclusion, Crowie’s message of learning from defeat is an important one for young players to hear. It’s not just about winning; it’s about the journey and the lessons learned along the way. South Africa’s U17 team may not have won the TotalEnergies U17 AFCON, but they gained valuable experience and have shown that they have the potential to be a force to be reckoned with in the future.