Pretoria, South Africa – (African Boulevard News) – The TotalEnergies U17 Africa Cup of Nations is in full swing. On Wednesday, it’s crunch time for South Africa, who will be facing their COSAFA rivals, Zambia, in their second Group B encounter.
The young Bafana Bafana have their eyes set on landing revenge after losing twice to Zambia during the COSAFA regional qualifiers last year. South Africa’s coach, Vela Khumalo, is optimistic that his team will redeem itself against Zambia.
“We lost to Zambia twice last year, but it was a different team. We now have a stronger team, and we are confident that we will get a positive result. The boys are determined to make the country proud,” said Khumalo.
South Africa made a flying start to their TotalEnergies U17 Africa Cup of Nations campaign, thrashing Cameroon 3-1 in their opening game. They are currently second on the log table, behind Zambia, who beat hosts Morocco 2-0.
Wednesday’s fixture promises to be an intense encounter, with both teams aiming to secure a spot in the semi-finals. South Africa’s captain, Nkanyiso Shinga, believes his team has what it takes to claim victory against Zambia.
“We are aware of the challenge that Zambia poses, but we are ready for it. We have prepared well, and we have the support of the nation behind us. We want to make history and win this tournament,” said Shinga.
The TotalEnergies U17 Africa Cup of Nations serves as a platform for young players to showcase their talents and potentially secure a future in professional football. The tournament features some of the best young players in Africa and is being closely watched by scouts from top European clubs.
Both South Africa and Zambia have produced some of Africa’s finest footballers in the past, and Wednesday’s encounter is an opportunity for young players to stake their claim as the future of African football.
In conclusion, South Africa’s clash against Zambia on Wednesday promises to be a thrilling encounter. With the stakes high, both teams will be gunning for victory. South Africa will be looking to get revenge for their two losses to Zambia last year, while Zambia will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten run in the tournament. Football fans across Africa can expect an exciting game filled with skill, passion, and drama.