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Olympian Panther puts SA into Africa finals

Both the South African men’s and women’s Under-21 hockey teams are through to the finals of the Africa Qualifier tournament for the 2013 Junior World Cup after posting their third consecutive wins at Randburg Hockey Stadium on Wednesday.

The SA men edged Egypt 1-0 in an absolute thriller while the SA women were far too good for Ghana in a 4-0 win.

The SA versus Egypt men’s match lived up to its billing and what could have been 10-10 ended 1-0 to the South Africans thanks to London 2012 Olympian Clinton Panther’s seventh-minute winner.

Panther’s one-two with Grant Glutz down the right saw Panther finish superbly and the resulting goal saw SA into Saturday’s 4.30pm final.

SA captain Izelle Lategan, Demi du Toit, Tiffany Jones and Tanya Britz scored for the SA women who dominated from the first whistle in a match that failed to live up to expectations.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿In the men’s tournament Ghana must beat Egypt in Friday’s midday clash to keep the north Africans out of the final.

In the women’s tournament Kenya must beat Ghana in Friday’s clash to see who will face SA in Saturday afternoon’s final, while Namibia still have a mathematical chance should the Kenyans somehow beat the Ghanaians by five clear goals.

In the Egypt-South Africa match both sides had chances aplenty with fantastic movement carving out clear opportunities but outstanding defensive work, great goalkeeping and ill-fortune combined to keep the scorekeepers relatively inactive in a high-class, heart-stopping match that sets the tone for a magnificent final come Saturday.

In the earlier matches the Namibia women beat Kenya 3-1and the Ghana men’s team beat Zimbabwe 5-0.