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Amajimbos through to CAF U17 final

Amajimbos are now 90 minutes away from being crowned African junior champions.

Amajimbos are now 90 minutes away from being crowned African junior champions. Picture: stock.xchng.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National U17 (Amajimbos) sailed into the final of the 2015 CAF U17 African Youth Championships with a 1-0 win over Nigeria on a sweltering afternoon in the Niger capital of Niamey on Wednesday.

Amajimbos are now 90 minutes away from being crowned African junior champions.

A goal from Khanyisa Mayo was all Amajimbos needed to overcome probably their biggest obstacle of being crowned African champions.

Both teams had already sealed their place at the World Cup in Chile.

Amajimbos coach Molefi Ntseki was over the moon about the victory but added he was not overly surprised by the outcome.

"We watched Nigeria throughout the tournament, because there was a chance of us playing them. We identified a lot of mistakes in their game and this victory was down to our homework and our players playing to instructions.

"Nigeria are a good team, make no mistake about that but this is a culmination of our plans coming together."

SHAKES SINGS PRAISES

Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has added his voice to those praising the Amajimbos.

Mashaba told Sports Talk that their achievement is one for the whole country to be proud of.

"They've made us proud really, I mean what else can we look for? What more can one ask for after especially beating our longtime nemesis? Nigeria has always been a problem for us."

He told Sports Talk that they not only held their own but they dominated.

"I watched a little bit of it on the internet, I saw how our boys were very comfortable on the ball. On the day we should have scored more than one goal."

The game was not televised and Mashaba says he was a nervous man watching the game via streaming on his computer.

"It came to my mind about what was happening in the Afcon. Earlier I said let's hope these boys don't succumb to the pressure or anything. There was a lot of determination in the boys as they played and of course our goalkeeper pulled some great saves as well."

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