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Amajita star midfielder Thulani Serero is convinced that the South African Under-20 soccer side has turned the corner after a comprehensive 7-1 win over Reunion.
Amajita are now through to the second round on an 8-2 aggregate score after the two countries played to a 1-1 in the first leg in Pretoria two weeks ago.
South Africa, guided by Serame "Rhee" Letsoaka, have now set up a date with neighbours Botswana, who brushed aside Gabon 2-0 on aggregate.
Botswana, under the watchful eye of Oris Radipotsane, and Gabon played to a goalless draw in their return match at the National Stadium in Gaborone on Saturday.
In the capital city Saint-Denis on the same day, Serero was one of three South African players who netted a brace.
The other two goals were each scored by debutante Sameehg Doutie and Thulani Ngcepe. Mandla Masango hammered the final nail into Reunion's coffin.
Speaking to Sowetan after the game, Serero said it was a well-deserved win.
"We had to deliver in Reunion to convince South Africans that our destination is the World Youth Championships in Egypt in 2009.
"We are now going back home to prepare for Botswana. It will also be a tough one.
"The junior national teams of Botswana have been doing well in the past two years," said Serero.
Letsoaka said: "We deserved it.
"Everybody played according to instructions. I told the boys prior to the game that they should go for a feast of goals."
The winners of the qualifying rounds will proceed to the finals in Rwanda next year.