Makeshift U-23s make waves

Sello Rabothata

Sello Rabothata

When they left here last weekend, they were described as a makeshift South African under-23 national soccer team but they are more than holding their own in Qatar.

Steve Komphela 's charges are taking part in the Doha International Friendly Youth Soccer Tournament were yesterday set to face the hosts, Qatar, in a game in which they needed only a point to qualify for the semifinals.

The African Soccer Television show has a crew covering the event and brings highlights of South Africa's group games against Japan (1-0) and United Arab Emirates (1-1) on SABC1 Sport's Laduma programme on Sunday at 3pm.

The South African team has most of its regulars back home as their clubs declined to release them because this is not a Fifa tournament. A number of players from Amajita (under-20s) have been roped in, which in turn expands the pool for Komphela, pictured.

Other highlights are of the Tunisian Premier League in which Cameroon import Moussa Boukong scored a late goal to hand leaders Club Africain a 1-0 win over champions Esperance at the weekend.

It was the first defeat of the season for Esperance and saw them drop to fourth place, now six points off the pace.

Aymen Soltani scored twice as Etoile Sahel won 4-0 in the derby against Etoile Hammam Sousse. Etoile Sahel are second, three points behind Club Africain, with US Monastir a further point back after they drew 0-0 at CS Hammam-Lif.

Angola hosted Banyana Banyana in a fast and entertaining women's international friendly where the locals triumphed 3-2.

The other highlights on the programme cover the Congo 2007 U-20 Africa Nations Cup Group A matches and the Swaziland MTN Cup 2007.