South Africa head coach Duncan Crowie says his side will be wary of the Golden Eaglets when they clash in a crucial final Group B match at the 2023 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations on Saturday (today).
The Golden lost their last match, 1-0 against Morocco, and Crowie believes they will come in with vengeance especially noting that they dominated that game but ended on the losing side.
“They played a very quality game in their last match and we know they will come in to this tie like a wounded animal. They can be a very dangerous team and there is always quality in that side. It will be a fantastic game.
“Despite losing that game, I still think they had a lot of quality that should not be ignored,” the tactician said on Friday during the pre-match press conference.
The two sides are tied on three points after a win each in the group phase and will be looking for wins to finish second in the group.
Nigeria sit top of South Africa currently at second and a draw will not favor the Amajimbos in their quest for an automatic qualification slot. A draw will still see South Africa progress, but only as one of the top two third placed teams.
“We want to concentrate on getting a result for ourselves and not having to depend on someone else. Our ultimate goal is to go into the match with an objective to win,” further noted the coach.
Crowie adds; “We don’t care if Nigeria come spitting fire. We want our boys to spit more fire. Whoever wants it more will get it.”