SA U-23 denied victory in Saudi Arabia

SA National Teams

South Africa's national under-23 side and Saudi Arabia's U-23s played to a 1-1 draw in Jeddah on Tuesday.

David Notoane's charges suffered a 3-2 defeat to the same opposition on Saturday evening as they began preparation for the Olympic Games, which was moved to next year due to the coronavirus.

Kamohelo Mahlatsi and Leletu Skelem were included in the attack from the onset, while Darren Johnson was given the nod between the sticks ahead of Sifiso Mlungwana.

The South Africans had to wait until the 20th minute for a sight at goal, with Mamelodi Sundowns youngster Promise Mkhuma rattling the woodwork from 18 yards out.

Other than Mkhuma's strike hitting the frame of the goal, the remaining stages of the first half did not provide much in terms of goal-mouth action.

That would change in the second half, as South Africa broke the deadlock in the 56th minute as Skelem lost his marker before firing home from 18 yards.

Zakhele Lepasa, Siphesihle Mkhize and Fagrie Lakay were introduced after the hour-mark, with Shane Roberts, Jamie Webber and Skelem making way.

After Lepasa had a goal disallowed for offside, Saudi Arabia managed to level matters in the 77th minute when Abdulharaham Ghareeb converted a penalty.

There was time for South Africa to snatch a winner four minutes thereafter but Lakay saw his shot kept out by the woodwork, as the encounter ended all square.

SA U-23 starting line-up:

Darren Johnson; Thabiso Monyane, Malebogo Modise, Siyabonga Ngezana, Tercious Malepe (c); Goodman Mosele, Shane Roberts, Jamie Webber; Leletu Skelem, Kamohelo Mahlatsi, Promise Mkhuma

Substitutes: Sifiso Mlungwana, Njabulo Blom, Sifiso Ngobeni, Sipheshle Mkhize, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Katlego Mohamme, Given Msimango, Fagrie Lakay, Zakhele Lepasa

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