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SA footballers beat Ukraine at World Student Games

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By Mark Etheridge

The men’s side scored the first football victory for South Africa at the World Student Games in Gwangju, South Korea on Sunday.
Playing at the Gochang Stadium, the men beat Ukraine 3-1 in Group B.
After the scores were level 1-1 at halftime, two second half goals secured the victory.
The Ukraine had gone ahead in the 13th minute through midfielder Anton Kotliar but defender Lindsay Stowman put South African back on equal terms when he netted three minutes before the break.
The second half saw midfielder Jeremiah Nkwana sealing things for South Africa, the 22-year-old University of Pretoria player getting two late goals, in the 77th and 90th minutes.
South Africa’s win puts them second in their pool, after they had lost their first match 1-3 to France. They now take on bottom-placed Mexico in their final pool game on Tuesday.
Meanwhile late on Saturday the swimmers gave themselves chances to win the country’s first medals.
Three swimmers reached individual semi-finals and the men’s 4×100-metre freestyle relay team made it to the final, as South Africa’s campaign gained momentum on day two of the World Student Games in Gwangju.
In the final race of the evening session in the pool, the quartet of Clayton Jimmie, Douglas Erasmus, Luke Pendock and Nico Mayer took eighth place in 3min 21.07sec, ending less than six seconds off the pace of the winning American team.
Earlier, Mayer had taken sixth place in his 50m butterfly semi-final in 24.30 seconds, but was ranked 14th fastest in the collated results and did not progress to the final.
In the penultimate round of the women’s butterfly sprint, Jessica Ashley-Cooper was 12th quickest in 27.02 and compatriot Marne Erasmus was ranked 15th in 27.13, and they too were eliminated.


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