Cape Town - Amajimbos lost 2-1 to Costa Rica in their first ever match of the FIFA World Cup U-17 at Estadio Municipal Ester Roa, in Concepcion, Chile.
The South African back line seemed out of sorts with one another allowing many opportunities for the Costa Ricans during the match, reports SAFA.net.
A defensive error early in the match allowed the unmarked Kevin Masis to open the scoring in the sixth minute of the match.
South Africa found themselves chasing the game as the Central American side failed to give the young South Africans any space with which to play.
The match went into the break with Cost Rica leading 1-0.
South Africa began the second half in much-improved fashion as they managed to attack more but failed to convert any chances from set pieces.
In the 61st minute, Costa Rica were awarded a penalty which Andy Reyes struck home to hand his side a 2-0 lead.
Khanyisa Mayo had a golden chance to bring South Africa into the match in the 67th minute but his tame shot was easily saved. Mayo finally found the back of the net in the 90th minute for a consolation goal for the South Africans.
South Africa will now face Korea DPR in their second group E match on Thursday October 22 at the same venue.