The South African Men’s Under-17 National Team (Amajimbos) played to a goalless draw against hosts Tanzania in the first round first leg of a 2015 African Youth Championships qualifier on Friday, 18 July at the Azam Stadium in Chamazi, Dar es Salaam.
Playing in front of an almost full 7000-seater venue, both sides started well but it was Amajimbos who had the better chances and did land the ball in the back of the net, only to be ruled for offside.
With a 56 percentage of ball possession, the visitors had the Serengeti Boys in all sorts of trouble but their finishing let them down.
Tanzania also had their chances in the first half but they could not break the deadlock.
The hosts were forced to make a substitution early on when Adolph Mtasingwa left the field injured and Kelvin Farrell took his place. A short while later Mashaka Mgujiro came in as a replacement for a struggling Abdallah Jumanee but both couldn’t change the scoreline.
The second half was almost a replica of the second, with both sides having a go at each other but failing to score. In fact Tanzania had more chances to score as the South Africans looked to tire under hot Tanzanian weather conditions.
Shortly after the restart Amajimbos coach Molefi Ntseki brought on fresh legs giving Felix Noge and Vuyo Mantjie game time in place of Sibongakonke Mbatha and Luvuyo Mkatshana respectively.
South Africa could have taken the lead late in this half when striker Khanyisa was one-on-one with goalkeeper Metacha Mnata on two occasions but twice he fluffed his chances. First his weak shot fell into the arms of the goal minder and then he ballooned the ball at the second opportunity.
That is how stayed until the final whistle.
The second leg will be played in two weeks time in South Africa.
The Amajimbos squad is expected to land at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg tomorrow (Saturday, 19 July).
This is how they lined up:
Tanzania U17: 1-Metacha Mnata (GK), 13-Abdallah Jumanee, 3-Issa Bakiy, 4-Martin Kigi, 5-Adolph Mtasingwa, 8-Omar Wayne (c), 6-Prosper Mushi, 16-Ali Mabuyi, 10-Athanas Mdamu, 14- Baraka Yusuf, 11-Abdul Bitebo
Subs: 18-Abutualib Hamidi (GK), 9-Juma Ali, 2-Kevin Farrel, 7-Seif Said, 17-Mohamed Musa, 20-Badru Haji, 15-Mashaka Ngujiro
Coach: Ababuu Omary
South Africa U17: 16-Mondli Mpoto (GK), 2-Simon Nqoi, 6-Notha Ngcobo, 4-Katlego Mohamme, 15-Keanu Cupido, 13-Thendo Mukumela, 5-Athenkosi Dlala, 10-Nelson Maluleka (c), 8-Sibongakonke Mbatha (11-Felix Noge), 9-Luvuyo Mkatshana (7-Vuyo Mantjie), 17-Khanyisa Mayo
Subs: 1-Sanele Tshabalala (GK), 3-Samuel Nkomo, 14-Tshepiso Mahlangu, 20-Thato Ramogogodi, 11-Felix Noge, 7-Vuyo Mantjie, 18-Edwin Sekhwama
Coach: Molefi Ntseki
Referee: Alister Barra (Seychelles)
Ass Ref 1: Gerald Pool (Seychelles)
Ass Ref 2: Jeali Felix Ernesta (Seychelles)
4th Official: Nelson Emile Fred
Source : South African Football Association