SA coach Thabo Senong is bracing for a tactical battle against old foes Nigeria as his side seeks to take a step closer to the semifinals of the African Under-20 Championships in Niamey on Tuesday. Amajita drew their group A opener with hosts Niger 1-1 but now face a much tougher opponent in the Nigerians‚ who breezed to a 2-0 success over Burundi in the other pool match. “We are in a tough group‚ we saw Nigeria had a very good start and won their first match convincingly‚” Senong admitted‚ adding his side had to look at themselves first before the opposition in their second game. “We have to cut out the mistakes we made against Niger to increase our chances. Hopefully we can have a better game. Our players need to be switched on mentally to get a good result.” Amajita were noticeably second best in the physical contest against Niger on Saturday‚ unable to handle the power of the west Africans.

Nigeria are from a similar part of the continent‚ but Senong believes Tuesday’s gam...

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