Liphoko hails West African experience

AmaZulu midfielder Tshepo Liphoko says the South African national Under-20 team has to take positives from the recently-concluded tour of West Africa.

The 19-year-old was part of the Amajita squad which jetted off the country a month ago to take part in four challenging games against Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Ivory Coast.

Liphoko started three matches and came on as a substitute once as Amajita drew against Burkina Faso and Senegal and lost by an odd goal to Mali and Ivory Coast.

Although they were unable to register a win, the winger believes they are better prepared from the upcoming 2015 African Youth Championships qualifier against Cameroon.

“The whole team has to be commended for their display throughout this tour, we did not win any match but there is a good sign that we have gelled as a team,” Liphoko said.

“Cote d’Ivoire was very strong and with fatigue setting in one would have expected a walkover for them but we stood our ground and it shows we have grown as a team and achieved our objective of coming here to West Africa.”

Amajita will travel to Yaounde to face Cameroon on Saturday, 16 August 2014, while the second leg is scheduled for the weekend of 29-31 August.

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