SA Under-20 batter Mauritius

2011-12-03 06:42

Johannesburg - South Africa got off to a flying start at the COSAFA U20 Youth Championships in Botswana with a dominant 4-0 win over Mauritius in Group C on Friday afternoon.

The margin of victory could even have been a lot bigger had South Africa been more clinical in front of goal, but the result will still be pleasing as it gives them an early lead in the group.

South Africa had struggled at U20 level last year but the performance of the current crop promises a bright future. Mauritius should have gone behind just three minutes in when Jerry Mxabo received the ball inside the area but he fired just wide.

The opening goal would arrive seven minutes later through Snethemba Ngidi who saw his shot from outside the area beat the goalkeeper at the near post.

Cebo Meyiwa went close moments later but his shot came off the woodwork before Letsie Koapeng hit the side netting.

South Africa were putting their opponents under immense pressure and it led to a number of sloppy passes at the back by Mauritius.

The pressure told when Letsie Koapeng was brought down in the area after Mauritius had gifted the ball to him and Mxabo stepped up to smash the ball in off the goalkeeper from the spot.

Mxabo could have easily had a hat-trick in the first period but he fluffed another decent effort wide from close-range after controlling the ball brilliantly.

Things continued along the same lines after the break and South Africa would put the game to bed in the 66th minute when Mxabo tucked the ball into the bottom corner following a dangerous cross into the area.

Thabani Mthembu then wrapped up the result with 14 minutes to go when he attacked a cross to the near post and flicked it past the goalkeeper beautifully.

Mauritius tested the goalkeeper for the first time late in the game but it was a simple save as South Africa claimed a comfortable three points.

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