Thembinkosi Sekgaphane
Phakaaathi Digital Administrator
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4 Dec 2015
9:04 pm

Amagluglug advance to the semi-finals

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

A goal from Menzi Masuku helped South Africa's under 23 side secure a semi-final berth in Senegal.

Amagluglug had a shaky start to the second half allowing Tunisia to dominate possession in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, this dominance came to the fore occasionally until the last 15 minutes of the game.

The game started slow with both side holding back in the opening 10 minutes of the game. South Africa were the first to attack stringing a few passes together allowing Menzi Masuku to take a shout from the D-line, Tunisian goalkeepers Sabri Ben Hsa punched the ball out for a corner.

Amagluglug had a chance to take the lead two minutes later when Keagan Dolly’s free kick shot from the edge of the penalty box was parried away by Ben Has.

Jody February was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the closing 10 minutes of the game. Tunisian striker Nader Ghandri gave the South African a scare when he fired wide at goal from close range after a great build up by his team.

February has to make another save moments later when Ghandri ran past Kwanda Mngonyama sending the game into half time.

South Africa started passing the ball exploiting spaces in the penalty box, only for Gift Motupa to direct the ball wide at goal. Menzi Masuku had a chance to put the game beyond Tunisia in the 83rd minute when he was asked to redirect the ball into the net at close range, however his first touch let him down and allowed goalkeeper Sabri Ben Hsa to beat him to the ball.

Masuku was given an opportunity to rectify his mistake a minute later when substitute Phakamani Mahlambi  peeled off a defender before passing the ball onto Masuku’s path of the winning goal.

South Africa beat Tunisia by 1-0 and advanced to the semi-finals of the CAF U23 Africa Cup of Nations.