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Amajita claim COSAFA Champs trophy in Zambia

South Africa’s Amajita national U20 men’s football side have beaten Lesotho 2-1 to claim the 2017 COSAFA U20 Youth Championships trophy in Kitwe, Zambia.

This match was played at Arthur Davies Stadium on Saturday and produced the expected fireworks.

Amajita dominated the first half where they managed to score their two goals through a Lyle Foster finish in the first five minutes and a second for Kamohelo Sambo in the 39th minute.

Lesotho put up a great fight from the kick-off and managed to find their only goal of the match in the 59th minute when substitute Mokokoane scored a stunning long range goal from a free kick from the centre line, which South African goalkeeper Tshabalala could do nothing about.

‘Congratulations to the players and also to Lesotho,’said Amajita coach Thabo Senong. ‘They put up a very good challenge and it showed throughout the match.

‘We dominated the first half and relaxed after scoring the two goals and this allowed Lesotho the confidence to dominate the second half. They could have easily found the equaliser but we should have also converted a few clear chances we had,’ said Senong.

‘We have achieved all the objectives that we set for ourselves coming into this tournament and it is even nicer that we will go home with the trophy,’ said Senong

Luvuyo Mkatshana was named 2017 COSAFA U20 Player of the Tournament.

South African starting XI: Sanele Tshabalala  (GK); Sibusiso Mabiliso; Kamohelo Sambo; Thendo Mukumela (c); Keanu Cupido; Thabani Zuke; Siphumelele Mbulu (Sibiya 82’); Luvuyo Mkatshana; Happy Mashiane; Katlego Ntsabeleng; Lyle Foster (Maswanganyi 64’)
Substitutions: Khulekani Kubheka; Renaldo Leaner; Malebogo Modise; Kiyaam Bull; Bradley Cross; Patrick Maswanganyi; Sifundo Sibiya;
Suspended: George Matlou