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Amajita see off Eagles for World Cup slot
South Africa’s Under-20 side, Amajita became the first team to qualify for the World Championship after a shocking 2-1 victory over the Flying Eagles of Nigeria on Thursday at the ongoing 16th Africa Youth Championship.
The victory ensures the Amajita maintains their hundred percent record at the competition that also serves as the qualifier for the FIFA U-20 World Cup slated for Egypt in September.
The win leaves the Amajita top of Group B on six points followed by Nigeria and Egypt on three points each with Cote d’Ivoire rooted at the depth pointless.
In a match that the Nigerians started as favourites, the South Africans stunned all with an impressive output that saw the first end barren after captain Lukman Haruna blasted wide from the spot in the opening minutes.
Uchebo OkeyChukwu broke the deadlock after 72 minutes by flicking the ball past Amajita goalie Thela Ngobeni from a resulting corner-kick.
Few minutes later Phumelele Bhengu drew level from the spot after Mandla Masango was fouled by Eagles defender Emenike Nkume.
Eight minutes from time, George Maluka put the South Africans in the lead with a long drive that beat the Nigerian goalie.
In the other Group B match also played at the Nyamirambo Stadium in Kigali, the Young Pharaohs of Egypt came back from a goal down to beat the Young Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire 2-1 to keep alive their hopes.
Koro Issa Kone put the Elephants in the lead on 29 minutes before Ahmed Fathi equalized two minutes past the hour mark.
Ahmed Hegazi snatched the winner a minute from time with a superb strike to dash the hopes of the Elephants at the competition.
Cote d’Ivoire meet Nigeria in the final group fixture on Sunday and will not make it to the next stage irrespective of the result, while Egypt face group leaders, South Africa.
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