Brave Amajita lose but still go to semis

Sowetan Reporters

Sowetan Reporters

The South African under 20 national team, Amajita, lost their last Group B match against Egypt in Kigali, Rwanda yesterday.

This was Egypt's chance to force their way into the semi-final of this African Youth Championship and they set off from the first minute when Al Ahly striker Mohamed Talaat surged forward, but was cleanly tackled by Ramahlwe Mphahlele before he could tak a shot.

After nine minutes, Amajita were stunned by a header by Talaat for the opener. He grabbed his brace on 30 minutes, but the South Africans refused to die with Mduduzi Nyanda testing their goalie Ahmed Abdi Mohammed on 45 minutes, but the keeper scrabbled clear.

In the second half Amajita continued to take the fight to the Pharaohs and were rewarded when Thulani Ngcepe, who had come in for Thabang Mathuka pulled one back.

Serame Letsoaka's boys, who'd already qualified for the semis after they won their first two games, tried in vain to level coming close thrice with Dillon Claassen, Ngcepe and Masango.

Also going through are Nigeria who thumped Ivory coast 3-0.

lSee Sport Voltage pages 16, 18 and 19 for special reports on the 2010 World Cup finals.