Setback for Amajita’s World Cup campaign

2011-04-17 13:30

South Africa’s hopes for a Fifa Under-20 World Cup ticket were dented by a 4-2 defeat to Mali in the African Youth Championship in Dobsonville, Johannesburg.

Amajita now need to beat Lesotho on Wednesday to get their mission back on track in Group A, if they still aspire to be at the youth global showpiece on Colombia later this year.

South Africa were down just 11 minutes into the game when Mali midfielder Cheik Doumba beat Tawfeed Salie in Amajita goal with a scorcher from outside the box. The west Africans’ celebrations were, however, short-lived when Lucky Nguzana brought the hosts level after 22 minutes. But Amajita were forced to chase the game when Kalifa Coulibaly struck from an off-side position shortly after the hosts had equalised.

Coulibaly grabbed his brace just before half-time.But a spirited comeback by South Africa brought in a sense of panic from the Malians.

After frequenting the opposition goal area, the hosts were eventually rewarded when Nguzana completed his brace in the 78th minute. But Mali stood their ground to hold off the rejuvenated Amajita to go instantly to the top of Group A.South Africa will face Lesotho on Wednesday.

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