Amajimbos through to Cosafa semi-finals

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The South African under 17 football team has advanced to the semi-final of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Youth Championship in Mauritius.

Amajimbos came back from a goal down to beat Zambia 2-1 at the Saint Francois Stadium in Port Louis to finish top of Group B with seven points.

Thando Buthelezi and man of the match Boitumelo Radiopane scored for the South Africans.

They will play the best group runner-up in Friday’s semi-final.

South Africa has not had it easy in this tournament; they were pitted with one of the toughest teams in Group B, drawing first with Lesotho.

The match against Zambia, who are the defending champions, was a do or die encounter.

Under17 Coach Molefi Ntseki said, “We came here well prepared mentally, well prepared physically, to say we have to play five matches and we need to give our best.”

It was sweet revenge for South Africa after they lost to Zambia last year in the group stages of the same competition.

“I don’t believe in revenge because if you are talking revenge because it means you do not have sportsmanship but I would say in this case we lost against Malawi in the third place. We lost against Mauritius in the semi-finals and I think they were good enough for them to win those matches,” said Ntseki.

Amajimbos will face the best loser between Mauritius and Malawi in the semi-finals.