Amaglug-glug shine against Libya

Posted: 27 March 2011 Time: 05:21 pm

The South African Under-23 got their 2012 London Olympic qualifier off to a perfect start with a 4-2 victory over Libya at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton on Sunday afternoon.

Bongani Ndulula, Themba Zwane, Phumelele Bhengu and Mandla Masango got the goals for South Africa, before an own goal by Ramahlwe Mphahelele and another by Sami Alghulla made it two for Libya.

It was a one-way traffic throughout the match, with Amaglug-glug enjoying most of the possession, while Libya offering nothing in attack and showed tiredness towards the end.

Masango had a blinder for Amaglug-glug, and Bhengu, Ndulula, Kamohelo Mokotjo and Thandani Ntshumayelo kept the Libyans busy; an 8-0 scoreline would have been a better reflection of the match.

Coach Shakes Mashaba will be worried with his side conceding two goals at home going into a second leg in Libya in two weeks' time.

Ndulula opened the scoring for Amaglug-glug with a tap-in on 22 minutes, after Libya keeper Mohamed Abuckhres failed to hold onto a shot from Zwane.

Libya’s first chance of the match came on the 36th minute when Mohamed Elgadi shot was saved by Khuzwayo after Sibusiso Mxayana had given away the possession.

On 43 minutes Amaglug-glug went 2-0 up, after a fantastic piece of play. In a well-organised attack, and despite the box being crowded by the Libyan defence, Ntshumayelo spun a pass to Masango, and the Kaizer Chiefs man rounded the keeper brilliantly and unselfishly pulled the cross back for Zwane to slam the ball home.

After the interval, Amaglug-glug continued with their dominance and Bhengu increased the tally to three in the 51th minute.

He received a sublime cross from Doctor Mampuru and did not make a mistake, as his diving header beat Abuckhres.

Masango was rewarded for all his hard work with a goal in the 68th minute, when he played a brilliant one-two with Ndulula in the box before picking his spot and hitting home to make it 4-0.

Mokotjo kept the pressure up, driving a shot at the keeper a minute later. It was not a bad effort, but saved.

Mphahlele made it five goals scored by South Africans, but unfortunately for the Moroka Swallows man it was an own goal, as he headed the ball past Brilliant Khuzwayo in an attempted pass back to the keeper during a rare Libyan attack in the 71st minute.

Masango and Ntshumayelo took pot-shots from range, neither missing by too much, but the scoreline remained the same.

While the home side continued to push more bodies forward, Libya waited for the counter-attack and were rewarded when Sami Alghulla reduced the tally to two.

The Libyan players displayed some skill in the match, but the scoreline flattered the visitors, who were dominated by South Africa from the first whistle.

South African Under-23 line-up: Brilliant Khuzwayo - Doctor Mampuru, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Erick Mathoho, Sibusiso Mxoyana – Mandla Masango, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Thandani Ntshumayelo (Siyanda Xulu 92nd), Themba Zwane - Phumelele Bhengu (Auguston Leonard 68th), Bongani Ndulula (George Maluleke 83rd)

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posted: 05:48 pm

We salute you the REAL YOUNG LIONS Galant Fighters You have show every one in the Country that you have secured your happy hunting Ground as you played the Game at the Historic venue were all those who have made it possible that we still have passion on soccer used to play at SINABA Stadium, Jomo, Malombo, Scara Sono, The Horse, Mr Excutive, vincent Makoroti, litter lata, Jentro. Joe Mahlabe, wagawanga, mainline, tikky Khoza, Irvine Khoza and Chinchaguluva and I hope you will take the Team to more victories and play like house on fire in Egypt we will be in the Finals dont rush when in the six yard pick the spot and punish the enemry we faced the Gun with stone and nothing will make you not to go to Lybia and hummer them in theri Back yard Young Lions Fight and win VIVA Oliva Tambo and VIVA Mandela, we are a real football Nation today.
posted: 05:49 pm
Egypt and Libya get ravaged by civil conflicts, and we get a chance to play them at the same time. Interesting.
posted: 08:21 pm
I see a bright future for Amaglug-glug under bra Shakes Mashaba!!!!!
The Ghost
posted: 08:54 pm
@ manyovu really not South Africa's fault about what's happening in those two countries. On the other hand congratulations Amagluglug what a moment in South African football history, this is a weekend we will remember for a while.
The Ghost
posted: 08:55 pm
Shakes should lead them back to the Promised Land again - God knows it's about time. The road to London starts in Daveyton.
Swona Champ!
posted: 07:25 am
Ndulula oh my word, what a jam, that performance needs to be transfered to my team now, its about time!
posted: 07:30 am
for me amaglug glug,played street soccer which was not good, they could have buried the game by 8-0,hope this won't come against us, our players need to stop playing this mickey mouse football, they lacked level of proffessionalism especially knowing that the away goal rule counts.
posted: 08:11 am
Man I am really impressed with Bongani, he looks the real deal. Why did Swallows decide to stagnate Bhengu's career?
Mokgwenyane Matswale
posted: 08:36 am
@jabu If you played football growing up you wuldn't comment like this there is nothing like street soccer in football or maybe you are referring to showboating but the was no single player who did a trick going backwards yesterday and the two goals scored against us were errors from the our defence.

For a fact that most of the boys are aged 20 & 21 and they play much better than the senior national team ,and they still manage create many chances and convert four of those into goals. I forsee a great future ahead of this team
posted: 09:03 am
Bongani Ndulula should start for Pirates instead of Mashego or Mbuyane
posted: 09:53 am

I watched the game live and the captain Cafu playing at home.

Wow Bra Shakes is preparing a team for Pitso. There is just no 1 who understand young boys more than Bra Msheke Sheke Shakes Mashaba. He treats them like a father and they know what he expects from them.

Ndulula is just the best, i magine Jali+Serero+Xulu+Morton plagued in that team. Wow every time we play our Mzansi style, we get results.
posted: 10:18 am
Mokgwenyane Matswale: 2011-03-28 08:36
I played soccer maybe a lot more than you, the thing is we had a chance of scoring 8 goals but we kept on dribbling unnecessary and this is very same thing that Shakes lambasted yesterday,it's a pity cause i saw a lot of showboating maybe you only saw the is about time our players make football easy, i pause
posted: 10:41 am
well i believe that our team is just full of names like the coach said after the match. i believe that they should improve the defence. theres just no communication amongs them. maybe bringing back Choppa Mboweni wont be a bad decision afterall. we shouldn't have considered a goal yesterday. coach please make the necesarry changes and stop playing names in the team. gladwin and choppa make a great combination at the back
Mokgwenyane Matswale
posted: 12:49 pm
jabu: 2011-03-28 10:18
On the issue of who played soccer the most between me & you Jabu for reference you can ask yeye, bargo(irvin mhlambi), makarina( brian kgafane), pido( simphiwe tshabalala), sash( thando mdluli) nguys who i played with or even cream (serero)& sika lekhekhe( mdu nyanda) even though i was their senior ask them about tsetse fly from zola
Mokgwenyane Matswale
posted: 01:29 pm
i was confused by Mashaba's comments after the match that his team consist of names and he wants players with football brains does he imply that the squad was chosen for him?
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