African Youth Championship South Africa Amajimbos Cameroon
Posted: 22 February 2015 Time: 16:07
Amajimbos qualified for the U-17 World Cup for the first time after beating Cameroon 3-1 at the African Youth Championship in Niamey, Niger on Sunday.
Team captain Nelson Maluleke bagged a brace to go with an own goal from Fokem Achille, while Christian Bayemi netted for the west Africans at the General Seyni Kountche Stadium.
Molefi Ntseki's charges advanced to the semi-finals of the CAF event where they will meet Nigeria - thereby also earning a ticket to the U-17 World Cup, taking place in Chile from October 17 to November 8.
Heading into the tie, Amajimbos - who drew their previous two games - needed a win and a victor between Group B rivals Mali and Ivory Coast to progress. Both materialised as the Malians edged the Ivorians 1-0.
The South Africans started brightly, as Achille put the ball into his own net as early as the second minute.
Khanyisa Mayo was unable to capitalise on a one-on-one situation soon after.
However, Maluleke doubled the advantage on the stroke of half-time from the spot after Sibongakonke Mbatha was brought down in the box.
Bayemi hit back for the Cameroonians shortly after the interval.
Maluleke, though, responded with a goal in the 57th minute to set up a showdown with Nigeria on Wednesday.
Mali will take on Guinea in the other last-four fixture, with the Final scheduled for March 1.
Amajimbos starting XI: Mpoto, Frosler, Ngcobo, Mohamme, Mukumela, Dlala, Meyiwa, Mbatha, Maluleke, Mkatshana, Mayo.