Danny salutes SA youth teams

Amajita qualified for the U-20 African Nations Cup by beating Malawi 2-0 in Blantyre on Saturday, having been under pressure after drawing the first leg 0-0 on home soil.

Thabo Senong's charges followed on from Banyana Banyana's recent qualification for the Women's African Nations Cup taking place in Ghana this year, which was achieved in style with a 7-0 rout of Lesotho.

Also on the weekend, Bantwana finished third at the Brics tournament held in Johannesburg, having already qualified for the FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup, which will take place in Uruguay from November 13 to December 1.

Meanwhile, Molefe Ntseki's Amajimbos defeated Malawi 4-1 in the first group match at the COSAFA Youth Championship in Mauritius. The event serves as a qualifier for the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Tanzania, which doubles up as a U-17 World Cup qualifier.

"It's been an excellent weekend for the youth structures of South African football. Our U-20 team beat Malawi 2-0 and thereby qualified for the AFCON U-20," said Jordaan on Sunday after he handed the SAB League Under-21 Championship trophy to USSA at Umlazi's King Zwelithini Stadium.

"Of course only eight teams from the 54 countries qualify for the AFCON. From then on four qualify for the World Cup. So we hope that the U-20 team will go and do the business again.

"Our U-17 team beat Mozambique 4-1 in Mauritius in the U-17 qualification for AFCON.

"Our women's U-17 team played a draw 2-2 against Russia in the BRICS tournament, so our youth teams have been doing very well."