Durban - Second
half goals from Keagan Dolly and Menzi Masuku handed Owen Da Gama’s South
Africa Under-23 side a 2-1 win over Egypt on Friday night in Durban.
wasn’t the first half display Da Gama would have wanted from his recently
assembled squad, as the team struggled to gel early on, and for much of the
opening forty five minutes it was the visitors who threatened to score.
Eldemerdash in fact opened the scoring for Egypt in the 19th minute, and bar
some poor finishing the Egyptians could have scored a few more.
at half-time South Africa only trailed 1-0, and Da Gama would have been pleased
to keep the score down.
second half was a much better affair for Amaglug-glug, as Da Gama rung a few
changes, and the South Africans started to grow as a team.
eventually found the equaliser from a set piece midway through the second half,
and South Africa were almost in the lead a few minutes later, but for the
half substitute Masuku grabbed the lead for Da Gama’s men ten minutes later,
and that was enough to hand the home side a 2-1 win.
Africa play Zimbabwe next month for a place at the CAF Under-23 Championships, where
the top three teams will go on to qualify for the Olympic Games in Brazil.