The Amajitas beat their arch rivals the Crocs of Lesotho 2-1 in a very entertaining football encounter on Wednesday at the African Youth Championships at Dobsonville Stadium in Johannesburg.
The victory which ensures a better qualifying chance in the Group A log standing.
The South Africans started the game on fire questioning the Crocodile defence time and again but could not find the required response.
Pressure mounted but the Young Crocs remained unshaken until the 22nd minute of the game when the Amajitas’ marksman Koapeng Letsie hit home to break the deadlock.
Maqsood Chenia’s boys, galvanised by the score line and the desire to achieve qualification, decided to dig deeper and kept pressing their regional rivals on and on.
Their efforts yielded dividends in the 36th minute when goal merchant Lucky Nguzana found the net for South Africa and his third in the competition.
The rest of the first half was uneventful until the referee’s whistle.
Back from the dressing room, it was the Amajitas who proved more decisive but the Crocs’ strategy of staying back and catching South Africa on counters paid off.
In the 66th minute, Lesotho caught South Africa on a counter, pushed forward and from a long ball forced the Amajita defence to commit a foul in the penalty box and the referee pointed to the spot.
Makateng Khesa converted without hesitation to give Lesotho a breather as they reduced the goal margin to 2-1.