SA shamed in Games prequel

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa Under-23 coach Steve Khompela is wearing a brave face ahead of the All Africa Games despite a disappointing performance by his charges in the pre-tournament preparations.
South Africa under-23 squad were humbled at the Sasol eight-nation tournament currently takin

g place in Johannesburg when they were beaten 3-2 by Cameroon, and held 0-0 by both Botswana and China.
However, the Amaglugglug mentor, Steve Komphela, said fans should not read much into the team’s indifferent performance in the Eight Nations tournament, a dress rehearsal for the All Africa Games.
He said his team is capable of beating Ghana, Cameroon and Tunisia with whom Amaglugglug are grouped.
Ghana and Cameroon overshadowed South Africa at the ongoing Eight Nations Tournament, where the hosts could only manage two points to crash out at the first round.
“It would be a different ball game altogether in the All Africa Games,” said the coach ahead of the clash with Cameroon and Ghana in the AAG.
He conceded, however, that his team was not up to scratch in the Eight Nations Tournament.
“I am not certain as to what hit the boys. They were simply not themselves and were very shaky,” he said after they were bundled out in the ongoing tournament.
Meanwhile, Ghana and Cameroon said they are ready to face Amaglugglug and hopefully knock them out in Algeria.
“We are ready and raring to go for the All Africa Games. This (Eight Nations) has enabled us to gauge our strengths ahead of the tournament. We have studied the way South Africa play, as well as Cameroon, and I am certain we stand a good chance in the group,” said upbeat Ghana coach, Sully Mohammed.
His Cameroon counterparts were singing a similar tune after bundling South Africa out of the Eight Nations.
Cameroon on Friday afternoon fired the sturdiest warning shots on the Algeria tournament when they mauled Amaglugglug in a five-goal thriller at Meadowlands Stadium.
If Amaglugglug relishes any hopes of making an impression against Ghana and Cameroon as well as Tunisia, they should overcome the Achilles tendon of South African football – namely, failure to convert chances.
The All Africa Games 2007 kick off in Algiers on 13 July. – CAJ News

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