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Mayo gets late goal as Amajimbos are beaten by Costa Rica in Chile
- Updated: October 20, 2015
South Africa’s Amajimbos have gone down 2-1 to Costa Rica in their first ever match at soccer’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Concepcion, Chile.
A defensive error just six minutes into the match saw the first goal when Chile’s Kevin Masis found himself unmarked.
The South African back line seemed rather unsynchronised and on many occasions there were gaps to be found by the Chileans.
South Africa found themselves chasing the Central Americans throughout the first half and were not given any space to play. The match went into the break with Cost Rica leading 1-0.
In the second half, South Africa started like a house on fire as they attacked more, and won a few more set pieces, but unfortunately made no use of them.
Mayo had a few chances to level the score, but nothing came from them. In the 61st minute Katlego Mohamme was given a yellow card for the disruption of play or an intentional push in the box and Costa Rica were awarded a penalty. Andy Reyes did not hesitate and rammed home a second goal for his team.
Khanyisa Mayo had a golden chance to get South Africa back into the match, but his shot was too softly struck to trouble the keeper in the 67th minute.
Coach Molefi Ntseki made a tactical substitution in the 68th minute as he continued to search for a goal. The switch saw Wiseman Meyiwa taken off for Luvuyo Mkatshana.
Ntseki then brought on Tebogo Qinisile for Kobamelo Kodisang in the 80th minute to try and create some spark in the midfield and this did pay off at the death as Mayo finally found the back of the net in the 90th minute.
South Africa will now face Korea in their second Group E match on Thursday, at the Estadio Municipal Ester Roa in Concepcion (5pm).
How South Africa lined up: Mondli Mpoto, Reeve Frosler, Thendo Mukumela, Katlego Mohamme, Simon Nqoi, Athenkosi Dlala, Wiseman Meyiwa, Nelson Maluleke (c), Sibongakonke Mbatha, Kobamelo Kodisang, Khanyisa Mayo
Substitutions: Sanele Tshabalala, Walter Kubheka, Riyaaz Ismail, Tebogo Qinisile, Dylan Stoffels, Sphephelo Sithole, Luvuyo Mkatshana,Vuyo Mantjie