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Amajimbos bow out after losing final World Cup pool match to Russia
- Updated: October 26, 2015
The national Under-17 football side, Amajimbos will head back home after losing their final World Cup pool match 2-0 to Russia in Concepcion, Chile on Sunday evening.
The youngsters had to win their last Group E match to stay in contention, after a 1-2 loss to Costa Rica and a 1-1 draw against Russia in their earlier matches.
It turned to be a long day of bad luck as the boys played their hearts out but failed to score.
Russia scored five minutes into the match, when Thendo Mukumela brought down a Russian striker in the box. Referee Diego Haro was quick to point to the penalty spot and it meant South Africa had conceded a penalty in each their group matches. Russian captain George Makhatadze stepped up and gave his team the lead.
South Africa displayed their best performance in their first ever FIFA World Cup, however the goals were just not there. Sibongakonke Mbatha controlled the tempo of the game for the Amajimbos, but no goals came his way.
Amajimbos went into the second half still on the back foot knowing that they needed to score to goals to hopefully stand a chance to get a place in the last 16, but luck was just not on their side and so many opportunities were missed. Khanyisa Mayo had a chance from a Nelson Maluleke set piece, but was half a second late, Kobamela Kodisang shot from range a few times with saves from the keeper, Mbatha was denied, but the cross bar and great saves from the keeper a few times and Maluleke just couldn’t get the goal he was searching for.
Russia found their second goal in the dying minutes of the match, when Athenkosi Dlala foulled in the centre of the field. The Russian captain saw an opportunity as goalkeeper Mondli Mpoto was off his line.
Makhatadze took a bold move and took a shot from the centre line… it paid off giving Russia the nine points they were looking for to book their spot in the round of 16.