Under-17 Amajimbos win silver in Namibia
Posted: 10 April 2012 Time: 4:56 pm
The Under-17 men's team finished second in the recent three-team tournament in Walvis Bay, Namibia.
Amajimbos lost 3-4 to Westphalia (a region in Germany) in the final of the event after Zambia pulled out of the planned Four Nations Tournament.
The Germans came to the match more determined, and scored three goals in the first half (13th, 28th, and 40th minutes) at the Keisepmund Stadium.
Westphalia increased their lead to 4-0 in the 19th minute of the second half, but credit must go to the South Africans, who did not give up.
The coach made some changes, bringing on Elias Monene and Thando Maqhina for Yazeed Matthews and Milano Simpson, and Monene repaid his coach's faith with a great goal in the 70th minute, before captain Nhlakanipho Mkhwanazi scored from the penalty spot four minutes from the final whistle.
Amajimbos pushed hard for another goal and were rewarded on the stroke of full-time when Siyanda Ngcobo scored to make it 3-4, but it was too little too late as the referee blew the final whistle thereafter.
The gallant Amajimbos received silver medals and a trophy for their effort.
In the first match of the tournament South Africa had drawn 2-2 against the home side.
Namibia had a 1-0 lead at the break, after Madoda Ntuli missed a penalty, but Amajimbos fought back to score two goals in the second half – Ntuli and Ngcobo the goal scorers.
The hosts found the equaliser with six minutes left on the clock.
South Africa also played to a 1-1 draw against Westphalia on Sunday, before the Final on Monday.
Amajimbos return to South Africa today at 5pm.