Amajimbos brush aside young Mambas
Posted: 21 July 2017 Time: 13:00
Amajimbos overcame Mozambique by 3-1 in their opening Under-17 COSAFA Championship Group B clash at Stade St Francois Xavier in Port Louis on Friday.
A first-half brace from Mohammed Shahabodien and a second-half goal by James McFarlane ensured Molefi Ntseki's boys a convincing victory to go top of the group standings.
Shahabodien opened the scoring in the 17th minute, before Olefile Ramatlo struck the post two minutes later.
Shahabodien then added a second in the 38th minute, to afford South Africa a comfortable lead going into the half-time break.
Less than 15 minutes later, McFarlane got in on the action as he extended the lead, finishing off a Boikanyo Sekotlong's corner kick in the 58th minute.
A lapse of concentration then resulted in Mozambique grabbing a consolation goal seven minutes later.
South African starting XI: Constandin Christodoulo (GK); Omphile Moeletsi (Momdu 45’); Koketso Mathibe; Kieron Jacks (C); Barry Sithole; Mohammed Shahabodien; Boikanyo Segotlong (Nare 63’); James McFarlene; Orifile Ramatlo
Substitutions: Thabang Maema; Juniour Nare; Juniour Khiba; Alex Da Silva; Lungile Makhambi; Joshua Momdu; Bryn Deeley; Sizwe Ntanzi
Mozambican starting XI: Nhanombe (GK); Machava Inoque; Manhice Belarmino; Mucavele Euler; Zavala Jose; Tembe Rene; Novela Gerson; Catamo Ciprianon Geny (C); Gabriel Pinho; Mandane Edmilson; Namu Edineid; Manhica Silvestre
Substitutions: Machava Inoque; aJamisse Celton; Bechards Pablo; Mondlane Lucilio (GK); Leonardo Kevin; Maculuve Santos; Novela Cardoso; Luis Edilson Mambero Dercio.