The South African Under7 Men’s team has made history for their generation as the first ever under-17 squad to qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted by Chile in October this year. Amajimbos beat Cameroon 3-1 in their final match of Group B of the CAF U-17 CAN on Sunday at the General Seyni Kountche Stadium in Niamey, Niger to make the semi-finals of the 2015 U-17 CAN and automatically earn a spot at the World Cup, alongside Nigeria, Guinea and Mali. South Africa made its intent known and as early as the second minute, took the lead.
They won a set-piece on the edge of the box and from a goalmouth melee, the Cameroonians scored an own goal. Amajimbos never looked back from this advantage piling lots of pressure and by half-time, were 2-0 to the good. In form striker Sibongakonke Mbatha was brought down inside the box to earn a penalty at the stroke of half-time and inspirational captain Nelson Maluleke coolly slotted the spot home to take what looked an unassailable lead.
Cameroon came into the second half looking to salvage the situation and made a double substitution that paid off as Christian Bayemi managed to sneak one goal past the South Africans to reduce the deficit by half. In the 56th minute Luvuyo Mkatshana supplied a wonderful cross to Nelson Maluleke who slotted the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-1 and restore the 2-goal advantage. The South Africans will now face Nigeria in the semi-finals of the prestigious African tournament on Wednesday at the General Seyni Kountche Stadium in Niamey, Niger.
Kick-off is scheduled for 16:00 local time. South Africa coach Molefi Ntseki said: ‘We are grateful to God firstly for always being with us, we believe that the entire country is happy. I like to thank the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the Technical team for all their hard work. Cameroon came with a plan but we had prepared for them very well.’