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By Mogomotsi Selebi selebim@sowetan.co.za | Mar 29, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

AMAJITA won the second annual Metropolitan Human Rights Four Nations Tournament beating Swaziland 2-0 at Boipatong Stadium on Saturday.

The goals came in the first half via Manzi Masuku from a penalty spot and Ayanda Lubelo.

It was perhaps befitting that Amajita lifted the trophy on the Vaal in a month commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre when 69 people lost their lives.

AmaJimbos, the SA Under-17 team won the inaugural tournament in Sebokeng last year.

Amajita caretaker coach Maqsood Chenia said: "It was a challenge having only a day to put the team together. It was a setback because it would have been nice to get the team more prepared. Eighty-five percent of the team was made up of new players, so considering all that I think the result was good."

Chenia admitted that not knowing what the future held for him was frustrating .

"You're not bold enough to make all the changes that you want and it leaves you in a dilemma," he said.

His opposite number from Swaziland Caleb Ngwenya described their participation as an honour.

"It was a good tournament," he said. "We are all aware what happened here 50 years ago."

Ngwenya's team arrived late for the tournament. He explained that they had to wait for their players who had school commitments before heading down.

Amajita beat Botswana 1 - 0 in the semifinal on Friday, while Swaziland beat Lesotho 2 2 - 1 to advance to the final. Lesotho were placed third as they beat Botswana 4 - 3 in the playoff.


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