- SAFA spent a hefty R10 million on Amajita ahead of the World Cup
- However, the team posted bleak results despite the funding
- They failed to progress past the group stages
The South African Football Association reportedly spent R10 million on South Africa's under-20 team, Amajita, in preparation for the Fifa World Cup in Poland.
However, the team made a weak showing in the tournament, despite the large amount of spent they spent.
Amajita finished at the bottom of Group F with only a single point to their name.
During the group stage, Amajita lost two matches and drew a third. Disappointing World Cup performances seem to be a trend for Amajita, as they also finished in last place in their group in South Korea two years ago.
Nevertheless, the team's coach, Thabo Senong, insists that the money was not wasted. He said the R10 million was an "investment" in the team and that it would serve toward developing football in South Africa on the whole, according to Times Live.
Additionally, Amajita is not the only South African side that spends a lot money. R20 million has already spent on Banyana Banyana in preparation for the Women's World Cup, which will see the side facing up against China, Germany and Spain in the group stage.
Banyana, like Amajita, has posted bleak results in recent weeks. They suffered a 7–2 defeat at the hands of Norway in a recent warm-up match, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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