Amajimbos knocked out of African Youth Champs

South Africa’s under-17 men’s national team, Amajimbos have been knocked out of the African Youth championships after losing 2-0 to Tanzania in the second leg played at Chamazi Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

Going into the second leg having been held 1-1 by the Serengeti Boys at Dobsonville stadium two weeks ago, Amajimbos were always facing an uphill task.

Although Tanzania were reduced to 10 men in the 45th minute having taken a 35th min lead through Mohamed Abdallah, they always looked sharp on the counter attack during an absorbing second half.

Molefi Ntseki’s SA side threw everything into the attack in the second half and enjoying numerical advantage, spent most of the second period camped in the hosts own half but lacked the critical cutting edge.

They were duly punished for squandering a host of chances when substitute Ibrahim Ali scored a second goal as proceedings were drawing to a close.

Tanzania will now meet either Congo or Namibia in the final qualifying round for a place at the AYC in Madagascar next year.

“Tanzania looked more mature than our boys and I think that is where the difference was. We must however, keep this team together to form the core of the under-20 side and I think apart from being beaten by Tanzania, most of these youngsters have a bright future,” said coach Molefi Ntseki.

“It is always disappointing not to qualify for a major tournament but I think the country has an abundance of talent and if kept together, we have what it takes to compete with the best.”

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