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U-23 men beat Sudan but miss out on All Africa Games spot
- Updated: April 12, 2015
It was too little too late as the national Under-23 men’s football side have missed out on qualifying for the All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo later this year.
Despite winning 1-0 in the second leg at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday, they could not overturn the first-leg’s 2-0 deficit from Khartoum two weeks ago.
It was a disappointing end for the U23 squad after a lot was expected of them. They put tremendous pressure on the visitors in the dying minutes of the second half and got the opening goal of the day but time was not on their side to add the all-important second goal.
The South Africans started the match on a high, keeping in mind that they had to score at least three goals to advance to All Africa Games. Many chances were created but poor finishing was the order of the day.
The first half ended goalless as both teams failed to create clear-cut chances.
Coach Owen Da Gama sent on Menzi Masuku for Subusiso Mahlangu and the former made some telling runs and scored the only consolation goal of the day.
As the match went on, the Sudanese parked the bus at the back as the South Africans failed to unlock their backline.
Chance after chance went begging as the home team began to get desperate and the visitors grew in confidence.
Although Masuku got the late goal, time ran out and the Sudanese went through on aggregate.