AFCON U-17 : We Aim For A Draw Against Nigeria

South Africa U-17 coach Duncan Crowie, has confirmed switching his attention to the must-win upcoming Nigeria fixture at the AFCON U-17 tournament.

The tactician stated this during a post-match press conference on Wednesday night. The Amajimbos struck thrice past their Zambian opponent to register first win of the AFCON U-17 tournament.

“We scored an early goal which really helped us settled. We also created more unlike the Morocco game and I am happy for the goals. The players had courage and we had good mental strength to put in a performance like that,” Duncan told CAF Online.

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South Africa in the Zambia encounter, had 17 shots on goal. And only nine of them being on target. And three ending up in the back of the net. Also, they had an improved number of key passes (14) compared to their first game.m against Morocco.

“It was a difficult game, and sometimes we struggled with defending the long balls from Zambia. We had played against them twice before and lost and this time we did our homework well prepared better and we knew what to do,” the coach added.

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 And while addressing the issue of playing against Nigeria, the tactician said all his team needed is a draw.

Golden Eaglets aim for quarter-final at the AFCON U-17
Golden Eaglets

Duncan Admits South Africa Is Aim For A Draw Against Nigeria At The AFCON U-17

“Nothing is done yet. This is a tough group and anything can happen. We still have work to do but at least now we have a win to work with. We will just need a draw in that match to get through,” the coach retorted.

Also, a tweet by Golden Eaglets media officer, Francis Achi, revealed that Duncan, admitted that Nigeria will be a hard-nut-to-crack when the face South Africa. Because the former champions, knew that anything short of a win may have them exit the competition.

“Still on South Africa coach… He noted that Nigeria will be more difficult to play after the defeat to Morocco. And he expects his team to a for at least a draw in the game, which will see them scale through to the quarter-finals,” he said.

Nigeria will entertain it’s perennial rival at the Mohammed Hamlaoui Stadium Constantine Algeria. On Saturday May 6, 2023, at exactly 5pm Nigeria time.

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