By MITTAH NDLAMLENZE
NATIONAL Under-20’s chances of qualifying for the African Youth Championships hangs in the balance after the team lost at home to Lesotho.
Amajita lost 2-0 to the lowly rated Lesotho in the first leg of the qualifying match which was played at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto, and they will have to work hard in a return leg expected to be played away next month.
Lesotho’s first goal came in the 44th minute from Lehlomela Ramabele who deceived the South African goalkeeper Sherwyn Naicker with a scissor kick.
A minute later the visitors stretched their lead to two-nil (2-0) after a brilliant move. The goal was scored by Ramabele – his second of the day.
Amajita tried to get back into the game in the second half but all their efforts were fruitless. Amajita coach Khabo Zondo says he is disappointed with the result but will not give up the fight.
“First of all congratulations to Lesotho, they played well and deserved to win. They were very organized throughout the match and made it very difficult for us. We changed our tactics in the second half and that seemed to work but we were unlucky to not score. You can tell that they have been in camp much longer and they also have a good development in Lesotho which is one of the reasons they have a good team,” said Zondo.
The coach added that he believes the team can still win the return fixture.
“The second leg is not a mission impossible, we still have a chance. I have a strong belief that we are going to come back with a good result from Lesotho, we must just keep working hard,” he said.