SA’s U17 Football Team Crowned 2022 Region 5 Youth Games Champions

South Africa's U17 football team were crowned Region 5 Youth Games champions after defeating Zambia 4-3 at the Bingu National Stadium on Sunday, 11 December 2022. Photo: Team South Africa (Twitter)

South Africa’s U17 football team were crowned Region 5 Youth Games champions after defeating Zambia 4-3 at the Bingu National Stadium on Sunday, 11 December 2022.

The South Africans got off to a positive start in the second minute of the match as Sinazo Ntshota found the back of the net. However, their opponents fought back to level the score after a powerful header from Lucy Kajiya.

Zambia went on to extend their lead in the 21st minute with Jessy Zulu giving her side a 2-1 lead.

In the 30th minute of play, South Africa were awarded a free-kick, whitch Nobahle Mdelwa managed to convert to level the score at 2-all.

In the second half, Zambia’s Zangose Zulu gave her team the lead once again. But, that did not last long as Ntshota found herself on the scoresheet, to equal the score at 3-3.

In the 84th minute, Andriette Mibe sealed the deal for the South Africans as she netted the fourth goal.

Ntshota was named Player of the Tournament for her outstanding performances.

“It was frustrating when we fell behind, but we had a plan and we then followed that. The first objective was to get the ball into the Zambian half more and play the game there. Then, we wanted to get the ball behind their defense and run onto it in those spaces,” said coach Victoria Mbatha.

“A lot of girls were writing their November exams and when we held a training camp last month they weren’t fit. I was a bit worried! But they worked hard and got themselves into shape,” she concluded.

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: South Africa’s U17 football team were crowned Region 5 Youth Games champions after defeating Zambia 4-3 at the Bingu National Stadium on Sunday, 11 December 2022. Photo: Team South Africa (Twitter)

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