By MATOME MOKGALABE
NATIONAL Under-17 team came back from a 2-0 deficit to register a deserving 4-2 victory over Burkina Faso.
This first leg of African Youth Championships at Makhulong Stadium in Thembisa started on a high note with Burkina Faso giving the home side a scare after they took the lead as early as the first minute via Bertrand Isidore Traore.
Traore scored his second goal six minute later, much to the disappointment of the home side and the visitors hung on to their lead through to the second half.
What the SA coach, Solly Luvhengo told his boys at break seemed to have worked wonders as Majimbos came back fuming in the second half, searching for goals and it came as no surprise when Thabang Mthembi rattled the net from the start of the second half.
The celebrations had hardly died down when he came back to score the equaliser to make it 2-2.
South Africa continued to work hard and they were rewarded when they took the lead for the first time in the match when Phakamani Mngadi made it 3-2 in the 69th minute, sending supportive Makhulong Stadium crowd into ecstasy.
But Mthembu was not done yet as he went on to score his third goal in the 77th minute to give the hosts a convincing and valuable 4-2 victory ahead of the second leg in a fortnight away in Burkina Faso on September 11.
Luvhengo was ecstatic with the win, but also concerned about the two goals his side conceded playing at home.
“It was a good performance from my players and I am happy with the way they came back from two goals down, but I am a bit concerned with the goals we conceded. We trained hard for this match and I was hoping we were not going to let in any goal but that is the game of football,” said Luvhengo.