Benni McCarthy: Why Amajita will excel at 2017 Fifa U20 World Cup

The retired striker's first competitive match in charge of the Citizens will be against the Rise and Shine

Legendary South African striker Benedict 'Benni' McCarthy has backed Amajita to shine at the 2017 Fifa Under-20 World Cup finals.

The SA U20 side are in Group D along with Japan, Italy as well as Uruguay and the tournament will be hosted by South Korea between 20 May and 11 June 2017.

McCarthy, who represented SA at the 1997 Fifa U20 World Cup finals in Malaysia, believes that some Amajita players have benefited from playing in the Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC).

"I think Amajita have a great potential to shine," McCarthy was quoted on Times Live.

"The current crop of players has shown good signs and determination in the past few months," he added.

"When I was young, we didn't have the MDC, so now with the reserve league young players get an opportunity to play in front of cameras in full stadiums.

"They get a taste of big matches. They can use that experience at the World Cup," he concluded.

Amajita will take on Asian champions Japan in their first Group D game at the Suwon Stadium on May 21.

The top two teams of each group and the four best third-placed teams will advance to the round of 16.

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