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By Linda Moreotsene | Oct 06, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

GHANA and South Africa have built up a healthy rivalry of late and this will ignite their all-Africa Under-20 World Cup last- 16 clash tonight at Ismalia Stadium in Egypt.

This is according to Amajita striker George Maluleke, who has shrugged off suggestions that their run in this tournament is as good as over before the two have even kicked a ball.

Sellas Tetteh's troops are formidable and obvious favourites, but Amajita coach Serame Letsoaka led his side to a 4-3 win over the West Africans in their last match and Maluleke feels the chances of a repeat are not as far-fetched as some Ghana supporters would like to believe.

"They are a very good team and very tough opponents, but they have a lot more pressure than we do because they have a point to prove. They have a score to settle against us. Having beaten us in Rwanda, we went to Ghana and beat them there. That gives us a psychological edge," said Maluleke.

It was a blow when Orlando Pirates' Andile Jali was red-carded on Saturday, but life has to go on, he said.

While Maluleke and Kermit Erasmus have been the standout pair, their efforts have been matched by the likes of goalkeeper Darren Keet, defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele and midfielder Sameegh Doutie.

Maluleke is loath to single out Ghana's danger man Andre Ayew for special attention.

"We operate as a team. Our attacks, for instance, start at the back. Their game plan, however, is centred more on certain players. But we have got nothing to lose," he told Sowetan.

"We can't sit back and say we are defending. We are in the knockout stages and have to get those goals.

"Our defensive problems have been attended to. "

l The match will be beamed live on SS3 and SABC and kickoff is at 4.30pm SA time.


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