AmaZulu’s Under 17 side believe the experience of playing in the Engen Under 17 Champ of Champs tournament in Tshwane was a valuable experience.
The three-day tournament held at Lucas Moripe Stadium was the perfect platform for the various players who missed out on a place in the national Under 17 squad doing duty in the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile, to prove their worth.
Despite failing to reach the semi-finals, AmaZulu’s captain Luyanda Gumede led his peers well to redeem himself from the disappointment of missing the boat to Chile.
“We played well as a team considering the fact that we had more inexperienced players in the team. Even with that fact I believe we did enough to show what we can do, even myself and a few other players that will no longer be part of the U17 set up,” said Gumede.
The Tongaat born player not only performed well but scored two goals, including a stunning free-kick against Harmony Academy.
Coach Samkelo Ngubane echoed the words of his captain after seeing his troops finish with only one win and four losses in five matches.
“It was a good experience for the boys especially the young ones in the team. In my opinion we played very well, it’s just the concentration which cost us because all the goals we conceded were from set pieces.
“The fact that the players leaving the team have gained the necessary experience will also rub onto the other younger players, which is the positive we’re taking back home,” said Ngubane.
The tournament was won by Ajax Cape Town who beat SuperSport United 3-0 in the final.
Full AmaZulu Results:
Harmony Academy 3-2 AmaZulu
Supersport United 2-1 AmaZulu
AmaZulu 2-1 Chippa United
AmaZulu 3-1 Mamelodi Sundowns
Ajax Cape Town 3-0 AmaZulu