Amajimbos fight back against Mali

Molefi Ntseki. Pic: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix.

The South African under-17 side battled back to earn a point against Mali in Niamey on Thursday, a result that leaves them very much in contention to make the semifinals of the CAF Under-17 African Championships.

Amajimbos hopes looked to be in serious trouble as Mali took a two goal lead, Sidiki Maiga netting in the 19th minute, and Boubacar Traore adding another in the 61st minute. But just as Molefi Ntseki’s side had conceded a two goal lead to the Ivory Coast in their Group B opener on Monday, here they stormed back into the game.

Luvuyo Mkatshane pulled one back and Katlego Mohame grabbed the equaliser to leave Amajimbos in third place in Group B with two points. Ivory Coast beat Cameroon 2-1 in the later Group B game to move into second place in Group B behind Mali. Both Mali and the Ivory Coast have four points.

If South Africa can beat Cameroon on Sunday they are likely to make the semifinals, although they could still go out if there is a high-scoring draw in the other match between Mali and the Ivory Coast.

The semifinalists at the CAF African under-17 chamionships qualify for the World under-17 championships in Chile later this year.

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