The South African national Under-20 team registered a 1-0 victory over Angola in the semi-final of the Under-20 Cosafa Cup on Tuesday, 11 December. The match was played at Nkana Stadium in Zambia. The same venue will host the final between South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Nkosingphile Ngcobo and Njabulo Blom are the Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Academy representatives in the squad looking to defend the title they won last year which was also held in Zambia.
Blom, who celebrated his birthday in Tuesday’s win, has been at the heart of the defence while his Chiefs teammate, Ngcobo, has been marshalling the midfield.
The South African national Under-20 team played only two group games after the withdrawal of Namibia. Amajita had made light work of Mauritius and eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) en route to the semi-final by winning both games 5-0 and 4-0 respectively.
Amajita had a different task in the semi-final against Angola. The youngsters fought hard to grind out a 1-0 win in which Ngcobo was awarded the Man of the Match award for his dominant showing in the centre of the park. It was through his sublime assist that Lyle Foster was able to score the winner in the 26th minute of the match.
The larger focus for Amajita, however, is the upcoming Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Niger in February 2019. A win over Zimbabwe would not only cement consecutive Cosafa Cup titles but show that preparations for the continental showpiece are well on track.
Amajita take on Zimbabwe in the final on Thursday, 13 December at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe, Zambia. Kick-off is scheduled for 15:30.