By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
LESOTHO Under-20 team’s dominance over their South African counterparts was again witnessed when the latter ejected the Khabo Zondo’s coached side out of the Metropolitan Youth Championships with a 2-1 drubbing.
Still fresh from another Youth Championships in Sierra Leone where they have had a poor performance, losing 3-0, before drawing 1-1 with St Johnson and goalless against Diambars from Senegal, Amajita where looking forward to impress in this tournament which they have won twice since 2006.
This was Amajita’s third defeat in the hands of Lesotho which dejected them out of African Youth Championships after a two-legged qualifying match, before they could beat them again during a Four Nations Tournament in Angola.
Back to this Group B match against Lesotho which was played at Lobatse Stadium, 75km outside Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, Amajita started the match on a high pace-but only to lose focus as the match progress.
Lesotho who drew 2-2 in their opening match against Namibia on Saturday, December 4 completely stole the limelight, putting more pressure as their strikers visited Amajita’s goal-mouth regularly and their effort paid off when Jeremia Kamela slotted home from a penalty spot in the 30th minute. This after Doctor Mampuri who wasgiven his marching orders had handled the ball in his attempt to clear the ball in the danger zone.
Zondo who won only one match out of eight matches since he took over the reins as Amajita’s coach sacrifices striker Sheldon Stevens for defensive workhorse Conley Miller following the sending off of Mampuru in a rejigged formation to try and fortify the defence. Central midfielder Mbuso Manyoni now fighting a lone battle in the middle of the park against a revitalised Lesotho side who are enjoying the luxury of one man advantage.
Lesotho took advantage and scored their second goal in the 45th, and this time via Tsebang Lebatsa with a beautiful header.
Amajita came back fuming in the second half, searching for an equaliser, and Leotho succumbed to this pressure that led to their star player, Tumisang Bereng being red carded.
South Africa went on to control the proceedings and it came as no surprise when Vusimuzi Nameka reduced the score margin to 2-1 in the 57th minute. This after Nameka had received a good pass from substitute, Damien Michael who came in for Sandile Tati.