SA U-23s beat Tanzania ahead of Africa U-23 Cup of Nations
Posted: 11 November 2015 Time: 09:34
South Africa have continued their preparations for the Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations with a 2-0 friendly win over the Tanzania senior team on Tuesday.
Orlando Pirates midfielder Gift Motupa netted both goals, with one coming from the penalty spot.
It will be a boost in confidence for the side to defeat the East Africans, who are in Pretoria preparing for their FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria over the next week.
South Africa, captained by Mamelodi Sundowns’ Keagan Dolly, took the lead when National First Division top-scorer Thabiso Kutumela from Baroka FC was fouled in the box.
Just like he did in the penalty shoot-out during the Telkom Knockout semifinal against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday, Motupa put his spot-kick away with aplomb.
He added a second a minute before halftime when a quick counter-attack from the home side saw Siphelele Ntshangase feed Mothupa to score from just outside the box.
South Africa play hosts Senegal in the opening match of their Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations campaign in Dakar on November 28. They also have Zambia and Tunisia in their pool.
They must finish in the top three of the eight-team tournament to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero next year.