SA Ambassador to Egypt Gives Amajimbos a Lift

South Africa’s ambassador to Egypt, Ms Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya has promised Amajimbos huge support when the U17 take on their Egyptian counterparts at Contractors Stadium, Cairo on Saturday evening in the CAF Youth championships second leg qualifier.

The match kicks off at 19h00.

Ambassador Mayende-Sibiya, who addressed the players at the team hotel, said all staff members at the embassy would be at the stadium to give the boys support.

“I have also encouraged the staff at the embassy to mobilise all South Africans staying in Egypt to come to the game. So expect a good number of South Africans at the match. That is how we seriously we take this encounter,” said Ambassador Mayende-Sibiya.

She told the team which was accompanied by SAFA Head of Delegation Gladwin White, coach Molefi Ntseki and his technical support staff that playing for one’s country was an honor and a privilege reserved for the chosen few.

“You must consider yourself highly privileged to represent your country and please do not blow this opportunity you are not only representing yourselves but your families and your country. You must go onto the pitch tomorrow and make yourselves and the country proud,” she said.

White reiterated the ambassador’s call for the boys to give it their all.

“This is an opportunity to make names for yourselves. You have travelled this far, so don’t drop the ball now. It is all in your hands,” said the SAFA NEC member.

Coach Ntseki said the boys were raring to go adding they had not left anything to chance.

“We will not have any excuses for not getting the result. We have been treated well since our arrival. The food is great, the accommodation is truly five-star and our hosts have really been great hosts,” said Ntseki.

The U17 are leading 2-1 from the first leg and the overall winner following Saturday’s clash will qualify for Niger next year for the CAF African Youth championships. The four top teams in Niger will qualify for the World Cup in Chile.

Source : South African Football Association