Kaizer Chiefs’ youth side played a practice match against South Africa’s Under-17s side at Chiefs Village on Tuesday morning. Amakhosi are presently preparing for the Engen Knockout Challenge, which will start on 27 July, while Amajimbos are getting ready for the upcoming 2018 Cosafa Cup in Mauritius.
Both sides tried out different line-ups with a variety of tactical formations, playing four games of 45 minutes. “The scoreline wasn’t important,” Chiefs’ youth development coach Sundra Govinder pointed out. “We were both looking for a competitive game. I was happy with the tactical behaviour of my side as well as the physical aspects of the players.”
Amakhosi played with an Under-18s side in preparation for the Engen Knockout Challenge. “However, most of the players we used were younger than 17 years old,” Govinder added. Certain junior Glamour Boys showed their class, including Yaseen Bunting, Cameron Taylor and Sibusiso Milazi.
Three of Chiefs’ youth development talents are in the preliminary squad of the Under-17 national team – Bontle Molefe, James McFarlane and Balakasi Mthokozisi.
Amajimbos coach Molefi Ntseki is expected to trim the squad down to 20 players before their trip to Mauritius on 15 July. The Cosafa Cup will commence four days later and end on 29 July 2018.