Ghana sink SA U17 boys’ Youth Olympics hopes

2010-03-02 00:00

WHILE the South Africa U17 girls’ team are in pole position for a place in Team South Africa’s contingent for the first-ever Youth Olympic Games in Singapore later this year, the fancied SA boys’ side fell at the final hurdle at the weekend in the Africa qualifiers held at Kat Leisure Park in East London.

Ghana opened the scoring from the first whistle through sharpshooter Johnny Botsio before skipper Alfred Ntiamoah increased the lead on the quarter hour. From this point SA were always chasing the game, although they did pull one back straight away via a penalty corner from the prolific Grant Glutz. Turning around a goal down, SA fought hard and Glutz equalised.

Extra-time left the sides deadlocked, and much to the dismay of the big crowd it was the Ghanaians who won the PS shootout 3-2, and with it the Africa U17 champions crown and a ticket to Singapore.

In the early final, the SA girls beat a spirited Namibia 5-0 after leading 2-0 at the changeover, with a brace coming from outstanding striker Jacinta Jubb and three more via Stephanie Baxter, vice-captain Sarah Ive and skipper Jenna-Leigh du Preez.

Ghana and SA won the individual awards, with Botsio the boys’ player of the tournament and SA’s Bronwynne Kretzmann named in the girls’ division.

Botsio was joint tournament top scorer with Maritz­burg College’s Glutz, while East London’s Tiffany Jones was the top girls’ goal scorer.

Other results – Boys (3/4 place): Egypt 2 Kenya 2-1; (5/6) Zimbabwe 2 Namibia 0.

Girls (3/4): Ghana 3 Zimbabwe 0.

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