By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
In Molepolole, Botswana
NATIONAL Under-20 team maintained its unbeaten record in the Metropolitan Cosafa Youth Championships underway in Botswana.
This after the Solly Luvhengo’s coached side played to a 1-1 draw against the physically Thanzania in the second match of the competition which took place at Molepolole Stadium in Botswana.
Amajita however suffered some early night-mares from their opponents who played a very physical game throughout as their strikers visited our boys’ goal-mouth regularly.
The Tanzanians who played to a 3-3 draw against defending champions in their opening match on Friday were all over the SA side, hunting for an early lead and their effort was rewarded when their captain, Issa Rashied Issa slotted home from a corner kick with an easy goal that was aided by goalkeeper Bongani Mpandle into an empty net in the 14th minute.
Amajita were however not to be intimidated as they regrouped and started to push forward, but poor in finishing.
Sensing the defeat which could have reduced their chances of qualifying for the semifinals, the SA side pulled more pressure as they pushed forward for an equalizer and it came as no surprise when they leveled matters via Thabani Mthembu in the 20th minute to save Amajita from embarrassment, forcing the match to a 1-1 draw at break.
The second half did not produce anything positive, apart the fact that pressure from either side saw both teams being reduced to ten men after Issa (Tanzania) and Pogisho Mahlangu (SA) were given red card each for bad tackling.
The draw saw Amajita still topping the Group C log with four points with