Amajita suffer opening loss
Posted: 9 March 2015 Time: 20:25
Amajita have opened their CAF African Youth championships campaign with a 2-0 loss to continental powerhouses Ghana in Saly on Monday evening.
South Africa were forced to play almost the entire second half with 10 men after defender Aubrey Modiba was shown the second yellow card and the red card for two reckless challenges.
But despite playing with a man short, South Africa played better soccer but found Ghana’s defence uncompromising.
Ghana started aggressively with Benjamin Tetteh looking lively and causing panic in the Amajita defence as they signalled their intent in the opening minutes.
It came as no surprise when the Ghanaians took the lead in the 8th minute when Aubrey Modiba pushed the ball past his own keeper following pressure from Ghana’s Prosper Kassim.
South Africa replied by launching their own attack moments after the goal as Pule Maraisane tested Ghanaian keeper Mutawakilu Seidu with a long range shot which he saved well.
The two-metre tall Tetteh was again left unmarked in the box in the 20th minute but his powerful shot was brilliantly saved by South African goal-minder Dumsani Msibi.
Msibi then produced two great saves, deny the Ghanaians two clear opportunities as his defence was caught napping.
Five minutes from the break, Ghana’s Yaw Yeboah fired a close range free kick just wide of the stranded Msibi as Ghana chased for the second killer goal. Aubrey Modiba unnecessarily brought down the Ghanaian striker earning himself a yellow card.
Ghana then made it 2-0 a minute before half-time through Benjamin Tetteh after the otherwise reliable Msibi was lobbed after rushing of his area. A desperate Ayabulela Magqwaka could not stop the ball from crossing the line as the West Africans held a two-goal advantage at the interval.
Soon after resumption, Modiba received a red card for a reckless challenge as the South Africans’ task became increasingly difficult.
Enjoying the numerical advantage, Ghana were on the front foot as Tetteh went on a mazy run but his effort was saved on the line by Magqwaka as the West Africans piled on the pressure.
Msibi once again came to the rescue of Amajita, tipping Patrick Asmah’s long range effort over the bar and then coming off his line to deny Abraham Attobrah.
As the match went on, South Africa threw everything forward in a bid to get back into the game, yet could not penetrate the Ghanaian defence as the match ended 2-0 in favour of their counterparts.
Amajita will look to bounce back soon in their second group stage match against Mali on Thursday.
South Africa: Dumsani Msibi, Kabelo Seriba, Ayabulela Magqwaka, Aubrey Modiba, Motjeka Madisha (captain), Tlotlo Leepile, Pule Maraisane, Siyanda Ngubo, Thami Masiya, Siphelele Luthuli, Morne Nel
Substitutes: Sibongiseni Mkhize, Bongane Mathabela, Chaz Williams, Tebogo Moerane, Tyroane Sandows, Dumisani Zuma, Tshidiso Monamodi, Keamogetswe Boikanyo, Moegammad Domingo, Mpho Mathekga
Ghana: Seidu, Bempah, Asmar, Adjei, Aidoo, Otoo, Attobrah, Kassim, Abboagye, Yeboah, Tetteh