South Africa arrive in South Korea for FIFA Under-20 World Cup!

South Africa have arrived at their base camp in Suwon, Korea Republic ahead of the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup that starts on May 20.

South Africa has been drawn in Group D alongside Japan, Uruguay and Italy.

Amajita arrived in Suwon 10 days before the start of the tournament so that the players can quickly acclimatise to the conditions.

Dr Thulani Ngwenya, Chief Medical Officer of the South African Football Association (SAFA), who is travelling with the team, has advised the players to take it easy and stay focused.

“The next four or five days will be a challenge for us, as the seven hours time difference is very new to all the players. Based on past experience, we felt it best that the team travel early to Korea Republic so that the coaches will be able to get the best out of the players when the tournament gets underway next week,” said Dr Ngwenya.

“We will be taking things easy for a few days, meals will be served a bit later than normal in line with local time and the medical team will be paying extra attention to those affected by jetlag or fatigue.”

Amajita open their World Cup with a clash against Japan on Sunday, 21 May at Suwon World Cup Stadium. Kickoff is at 17h00 local time in South Korea (08h00 GMT).

They will then take on Italy at the same venue three days later (Wednesday, 24 May) with a 11h00 GMT kickoff (20h00 local time).

In the last group stages match, South Africa will face Uruguay on Saturday, 27 May in Incheon, also at 11h00 GMT.