Ajax Cape Town midfielder Grant Margeman is honoured to be part of the South Africa squad participating at the 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Zambia.
Nicknamed Amajita, South Africa qualified for this year’s U20 FIFA World Cup finals which will be hosted in South Korea between 20 May-11 June after reaching the knockout stages of the ongoing U20 AFCON finals.
“I am honoured to have been called up to the Amajita squad and I am also very excited that I played a role in us qualifying for the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup,” Margeman told SAFA.net.
“It has always been my dream to represent my country and it was a special moment for me to score against Sudan. We had a mission when we came here, and we realised that goal, what more can one ask for?”
“I foresee the next couple of months being very hectic but exciting at the same time. South Africa will have a chance to display its talent on the world’s biggest stage,” he continued.
“I am proud of this team, I am proud of the players and I am thankful for all the support, not just for myself but the entire team. Now the plan is to work harder so that one can be part of the final squad that will travel to South Korea.”
Amajita were narrowly beaten by Zambia’s Junior Chipolopolo 1-0 in a semifinal clash on Wednesday night and they will now take on Guinea in the third-place playoff match on Sunday.
“Yes, we are disappointed that we did not make it to the final of this tournament, and also the fact that we have lost to Zambia in three successive matches,” he added.
“But that is all in the past, our focus is not on the bronze medal match coming up, and we will do our best to return home with that medal, to add to our qualification for the World Cup.”