Sithole sends Amaglug-glug into the final
Sithole sends Amaglug-glug into the final

Posted in News on Jan 26, 2002.

The South African under-23 soccer team advanced to Sunday's final of the Five Nations tournament by beating Denmark 2-1 at KwaMasiza Stadium in Sebokeng on Saturday.

The Sasol-sponsored team, which registered its second win in

four matches with seven points, will meet Zimbabwe at the same

venue at 3pm on Sunday.

Kaizer Chiefs striker Sibusiso Sithole scored the two goals in

the second stanza after breaking the ice after a goalless first


Sithole's first goal, which was a relief to the frustrated and

angry home supporters, came in the 48th minute when he smartly

converted Benedict Vilakazi's perfect-timed pass.

Seven minutes later Sithole was back in the limelight.

Confirming his brace - the second goal for his country - Sithole's

shot from the centre line gave the Danish goalkeeper no chance as

he was caught in no man's land in the 55th minute.

But the accolades must go to Vilakazi and Lesley Manyathela, who

started the move. Their brilliant interchange of passes confused

their opponents before Manyathela finally fed Sithole.

But Denmark never give up trying and their efforts were

well-rewarded when Thomas Augustinuwsen pulled one back in the 80th


However, the local side regrouped and continued with their

dominance much to the relief of a visibly frustrated coach Ephraim

"Shakes" Mashaba.

Joseph Makhanya, Andile Cele and Thabiso Malatsi played their

hearts out in the middle of the park.

The Danes displayed character and looked likely to put the match

back on even terms when they camped in the AmaGlug-Glug 18-area.

However, Jacob Mokhasi kept the marauders at bay with his

uncompromising goalkeeping.

In other game earlier on, Zimbabwe beat Angola 2-1. Samson

Choruwa scored in the eighth with Leonard Tsipa hitting the final

nail in the 70th minute, while Pedro Domingos netted the

consolation goal for Angola in the 25th minute.

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