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SA beat hosts 3-1

By Mark Etheridge
in Maputo

The South African soccer team safely negotiated a potentially tricky first round fixture successfully enough on Sunday when they downed Mozambique 3-1 at the All Africa Games in Mozambique.

Spurred on by a small but decidedly vocal crowd at the Estadio Nacional, the Mozambicans took a sixth minute lead through a throw-in on the right which bounced into the penalty area and Reginaldo was on hand to easily head it home past ‘keeper Brilliant Khuzwayo.

That after two early chances went begging through Rian Eugene for the South Africans.

South Africa were level in the 25th minute after  a free kick from the left edge of the box was glanced home by Sibusiso Khumalo.

The second half had barely begun and the South Africans were ahead with a rasping free kick from outside the box by Thamsanqa Sangweni that gave a diving keeper little chance to his left.

The home side were up against it 16min into the second half when Bernardo Cumbe received a straight red card and four minutes later Jabulani Shongwe took advantage when a shot from the left flank bobbled awkwardly and wrongfooted the ‘keeper.

That was the match effectively over and the Mozambicans could have been further in trouble when Martins Agular received a second yellow but for some reason Zambian referee Janny Kikazwe overlooked it and he was free to play on as are the SA side in the next round of the competition.

Other results on Sunday

Kenya

Table tennis

Women’s team: SA 0 Congo-Brazzaville 3

Men’s team event: SA 3 Djibouti 0

Volleyball
SA 0 Kenya 3

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2 comments
Mark Etheridge
Mark Etheridge

Hey Wendy ..schedules are a trifle yes/no/maybe but I can definitely say that tennis hasn't started yet .. soon as I find out .. I'll let you know. Teams come and go .. as soon as they are finished, they head home and are replaced by the next code in action so the triathletes have left already and volleyballers will be next to leave :-)

Wendy
Wendy

Any news on tennis yet Mark?