Amaglug-glug ready to defeat Libya

Friday, March 25, 2011

Pretoria - The national under-23 squad, Amaglug-glug, are looking set to bulldoze their Libyan counterparts in the first leg of the 2012 London Olympics qualifier match at Daveyton's Sinaba Stadium on Sunday. 

The North African team will arrive at the OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday morning. Their flight is expected to land at 8:35am and the match is scheduled to kick-off at 3pm. 

Amaglug-glug stepped up their preparations when they walloped National First Division side, Jomo Cosmos, in their practice match on Wednesday. 

They again lifted their spirits high on Thursday with a two- nil victory over Mauritius in the final practice match played at Marks Park in Johannesburg. 

Siyanda Xulu and Siphelele Bhengu scored a goal each to give South Africa a morale boosting win over the visitors.

Mauritius' senior team is in the country in preparation for the 2012 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier match against Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, 27 March.

Amaglug-glug head coach Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba expressed his happiness about the good results from the practice match, but was not dazzled by the team's performance.

"We won the match, but if I had to be honest I'm not happy with the application as a team on the day, I think maybe there was an element of complacency here and there; we were not our usual buzzing selves and that needs our attention. 

"Yes, we won two-nil but it was not enough. They had a few good chances and could have caught us and put us on a back foot to a point that we could not recover and that is exactly what Libya might come here and do; sit back and wait for us to make a mistake and punish us. We need to be more aggressive in future," he said.

Meanwhile, Sibusiso Khumalo and Sibusiso Mxoyana could not participate in yesterday's preparation match due to mild hamstring injuries.

The pair is expected to make full recoveries before the crucial match on Sunday.

Tickets for the South Africa and Libya encounter are free, and they can be collected at the South African Football Association (SAFA) Benoni Regional Office, number 70 Woodburn Avenue, Customer Care Centre office opposite Daveyton Mall and Etwatwa/Jerry Moloi Library.