Shakes Mashaba guides Amajita to Youth Championships final

2014-08-31 18:35

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The South African Under-20 side, Amajita, are through to the finals of the CAF Youth Championships after beating Cameroon 2-1 at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane today, to progress 3-2 on aggregate.

Despite falling behind to an early strike by the visitors, Shakes Mashaba’s charges never lost their nerve and their 2-1 victory was true value of their historic efforts.

Cameroon took the lead in the third minute when Noubissi Marius’s low shot gave goalkeeper Jethren Barr no chance. Barr looked jittery in the opening minutes and could have been punished further moments later.

Pierre Kunde then saw his powerful shot fly over the bar as the visitors upped the ante.

Amajita had to defend in numbers in the 25th minute as Cameroon threatened but a timely tackle by captain Ayabulela Maqwaka saved the situation.

Siyanda Ngubo then saw his shot blocked inside the box as Amajita pushed men up front in search of the equaliser.

They finally got the equaliser seven minutes before half-time when Fagrie Lakay went on a solo run before burying a thunderous shot into the roof of the net.

Moments later Ngubo could have given Amajita the lead but decided to pass the ball inside the box, when taking a shot could have been a better option.

Cameroon then hit the crossbar on a sweeping counter-attack through Tabekou Ouambe.

Lakay then got a second goal in the dying minutes of the half to give the home team a 2-1 advantage.

The second half began at the same frantic pace as the first half with Cameroon looking to hit back.

But they were pegged back as Amajita hit the bar from a free kick soon after through Lakay.

Pule Maraisane then saw his chip pass tantalisingly over the bar after he was set up by Ngubo.

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