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24 Jul 2016
6:19 pm

SA qualify for Under-20 Afcon


The SA Under-20 team qualified for the 20th Edition of the under-20 Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-0 (5-0 on aggregate) win over Lesotho in the second leg played at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium on Saturday.

Amajita in action during their Caf 2017 Africa Youth Champions (AYC) qualifier against Lesotho. Photo: Safa.

After winning the first leg 2-0 in Lesotho, it was always going to take a monumental collapse by Amajita for Lesotho to overturn the first leg deficit.

Although the visitors sporadically threatened in the first half, it was the home side that could have gone to the break leading by at least three goals.

But nerves in front of goals saw Sibongakonke Mbatha and Matlala Makgalwa miss some great opportunities in the opening stanza.

First Mbatha banged his rising shot over the bar with Lesotho goalkeeper well-beaten, and moments later Makgalwa’s header was cleared off the line.

Just before the break, Makgalwa’s low shot was again saved from crossing the line as Lesotho’s defence started to show signs of tiring.

Liam Jordan scored the opening goal soon after resumption with a well-taken low shot.

The hard-running Mbatha was soon on the score sheet to make it 2-0 for the home side and 4-0 on aggregate, and when Sidney Mtshweni scored the third towards the dying minutes, the rout was complete.

“We worked hard for this win and I want to thank the SAFA leadership of Dr Danny Jordaan for investing heavily in youth programmes and results of all youth teams are there for all to see. Vision 2022 is fast taking shape and this is what is needed for South Africa to be a dominant force,” said coach Thabo Senong.

“I also want to thank the Premier Soccer League whose clubs were very cooperative. Together we will achieve a lot.”