Jonty Mark
Football Editor
1 minute read
31 Aug 2014
5:13 pm

Amazing Amajita qualify

Jonty Mark

The South African under-20 side qualified for the 2015 African Youth Championships yesterday, with a 2-1 victory over Cameroon in Polokwane.

Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba. Pic: Gallo Images

Santos striker Fagrie Lakay was the hero for Amajita, netting twice before half time to seal a 3-2 aggregate win for Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba’s side.

This was Mashaba’s last game in charge of the under-20s, as he is now Bafana Bafana head coach, and will take charge of the senior side for the upcoming African Nations Cup 2015 qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria.

Amajita went into this game in a good position after a 1-1 draw two weeks ago in Yaounde. But they quickly fell behind in Polokwane, as a poor clearance allowed Cameroon midfielder Marius Noubissi to fire past Jethren Barr from the edge of the box.

Amajita leveled when Lakay burst clear of the Cameroon defence and fired a thunderous shot into the top corner of the net. And on the stroke of half time Lakay bundled the ball over the line at the second attempt to give South Africa a precious lead that they never relinquished.

South Africa have now qualified for their first African Youth Championships since 2009, and if they can finish in the top four in Senegal next year, they will make it into the Fifa under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, also in 2015.