Tunisia exact revenge over SA
Posted: 7 September 2015 Time: 19:10
The Tunisian Under-23 side were able to level matters with South Africa following a 2-1 victory in their second friendly played at the Stade Olympique Elmenzah on Monday afternoon.
The duo had locked horns just three days prior, with the South Africans ending the match as resounding 4-0 winners.
However, the hosts who were out to avenge Friday’s loss got off to the perfect start, opening their account just two minutes into the game via set piece.
The goal seemed to unsettle the visitors who were now chasing the game as the tackles began to fly, the referee giving a stern word or warning to both Macheke and Nel for early misdemeanours.
Skipper Dolly and PSL star Masuku both had chances via set pieces, yet neither could trouble the Tunisian goalkeeper as South Africa headed into the tunnel a goal down.
Tempers continued to flare in the second half as the game was continually halted for needless fouls by the South Africans, who were then made to pay as a defensive error handed the hosts a second.
Patel thought he had brought a goal back with ten minutes to go, yet his headed effort was ruled offside as the linesman raised his flag.
South Africa would eventually bring a goal back through Dolly’s late strike on 90 minutes, yet the visitors could not complete the comeback as Tunisia settled the score with their continental rivals after Friday’s drubbing.
The two matches played provided ideal preparation for both teams who are participating in this year’s 8 Nations tournament in Senegal, kicking off in November.
SA U23: February, Macheke, Ledwaba, Makhele, Farmer, Nel, Dolly (c), Phiri, Mothiba, M. Masuku, Shozi
Subs: Goss, Ngqobe, Mekoa, Dube, Moerane, Zuma, Patel, Ntshangase