The Amajita national men’s Under 20 football side marched through to the third and final round of the CAF U20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Sunday.
They thrashed Mozambique 3-0 in the second leg second round qualifier at the Moruleng Stadium near Rustenburg – winning 4-1 on aggregate.
Two goals from striker Lyle Foster and another from Wiseman Meyiwa were enough for Thabo Senong’s charges to march to the next round, where they will meet Malawi who defeated Angola 4-1 on aggregate.
With an away goal advantage, Amajita started the match rather slowly, with the visitors dictating terms. But it was the home side that found the back of the net first through Meyiwa in the ninth minute.
The South Africans then increased the lead in the 32nd minute through Foster.
The Orlando Pirates striker was back in the thick of things as he headed his second of the day, and third for Amajita to take an assailable 3-0 lead.
But in the 82nd minute defender Malebogo Modise was adjudged to have committed a foul in the box but goalkeeper, and captain, Khulekani Kubheka, kept the scoreline intact as he saved the resultant penalty.
Amajita will now face Malawi who beat Angola 5-3 on aggregate – Angola won the first leg 2-1 but lost 1-4 at home.
South Africa and Malawi will meet in July. The winner will qualify for the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Niger – where they top four countries at the eight-nation event will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup, which will be held in Poland.
This is how Amajita lined up:
South Africa: Khulekani Kubheka (capt), Thabo Moloisane, Givemore Khupe, Njabulo Blom, Malebogo Modise, Siphesihle Mkhize, Wiseman Meyiwa, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (Jesse Donn), Tashreeq Matthews (Promise Mkhuma), Kobamelo Kodisang (Duncan Adonis), Lyle Foster.
Subs: Glen Baadjies (GK), Luke Fleurs, Jesse Donn, Reece Vetter, Duncan Adonis, Promise Mkhuma, Shungu Dutiro.
Head Coach: Thabo Senong