By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
NATIONAL Under-20’s dream to make it in the forthcoming FIFA World later this year in Columbia were dashed away after they narrowly lost 1-0 to Egypt in their last African Youth Championships group match at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto.
Amajita who got a last minute back-door entrance to the AYC after CAF’s decision to withdraw the competition from its initial hosts, Libya due to political unrest were hoping to beat Egypt to earn their passage to the 2011 FIFA World Cup scheduled for Columbia later this year.
It took the young Pharaohs 45 minutes to send the Maqsood Chenia’s troops out of the competition, a courtesy goal of Mohamed Hamdy Saky.
Chenia and his charges will however argue that they did not have enough to time to prepare for this competition as they were not part of this tournament after their failure to qualify when they were booted out by Lesotho last year while Khabo Zondo was still in charge of the team.
The SA side started the competition on a poor note, losing 4-2 to Mali in their first match before they could re-group and registered a 2-1 victory over the stubborn Lesotho in their second Group A match.
In another Group A match today, Lesotho and Mali to a 1-1 draw. Egypt and Mali will now meet the two teams that finished first and second from Group B in the semi-final matchess, and they have also automatically qualified for the world cup.