SA U20s thrash Botswana

2012-09-09 19:16

Johannesburg - The South African Under-20 men's soccer team (Amajita) beat Botswana 4-0 in an international friendly match at the Molepolole Stadium in Gaborone, Botswana, on Saturday.

Amajita opened the account through Thabani Mthembu who converted a penalty in the 20th minute to give them a 1-0 lead going into the half-time break.

The South Africans came out with guns blazing in the second half attacking from all angles and were awarded with a penalty which Mthembu again converted in the 52nd minute.

Percy Tau extended their lead to 3-0 in the 70th minute while Amajita captain Mbongeni Gumede added the fourth and final goal five minutes later.

Amajita coach Solly Luvhengo said he was happy with his side's performance against a strong defensive side.

"We managed to settle in well into the second half of the game and score three goals," Luvhengo said.

"I am satisfied with the goal average and would like to see the team carry this winning habit going forward.

"This is a good start to our preparations for the African Youth Championship (AYC) qualifiers against Nigeria.

"The ultimate aim is prepare for obstacle that lies ahead and I would like to see us qualify for the AYC finals."

The South Africans meet the same opponents on Tuesday at the Mbombela Stadium in a curtain-raiser for the match between Bafana Bafana and Mozambique.