South Africa U23 will be heading to the 2020 olympics games after beating Ghana to the bronze medal in African Cup of Nations clash at the Cairo International Stadium.
Amaglug-glug were given the lead by Habib mohamed’s own-goal on the half-hour mark with keletso Makgalwa almost making it 2-0 after he got an opportunity to set up a point-blank range was cleared by the Ghanians.
Coach David Notoane’s troops took the lead into the break however The Black Meteors came back to equalize in the 50th minute with both sides at each other to the take their 2-2 stalemate to penalty shooutout.
Mondli Mpoto was the hero in the penalty shootout as he saved a very vital goal to allow the South Africans to join Egypt and Ivory Coast as the top three nations to represent Africa in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Notoane was overwhelled with their narrow victory as he spoke to the media after the match and made his intetions to work even harder ahead of the Olympics games next year very clear.
“There had to be one winner, and it happened to be us. It was a very emotionally draining match, I am happy for the players for their achievements. Thank you for the support. We now have to go back to the drawing board and prepare for the big stage in Tokyo.” David added.
Ghana XI: K. Baah; K. Fobi, H. Mohammed, Z. Fuseini, E. Sarpong, E. Lomotey, M.Agbekpornu, Y. Yeboah (C), E. Mensah, K. Owusu, S. Gyabaa.
SA XI: M. Mpoto; K. Johannes, T. Mukumela, T. Malepe (C), K. Mohamme, T. Mokoena, A. Dlala, G. Margeman, K. Makgalwa, L. Singh, L. Foster.