SA under-23's overcome Libya

South Africa joined Tanzania and Senegal in advancing to the next round of the 2012 London Olympic qualifiers when they played out a goalless draw against a hard fighting Libya to advance 4-2 on aggregate at neutral Bamako on Saturday night.

Senegal were held to a goalless draw by Angola at home a fortnight ago and the junior Palancas Negras must have thought that they had done enough but the junior Taranga Lions fought hard enough to earn a 1- 1 draw and advanced on the away goal rule.

It was a different story in Dar es Salaam where Cameroon brought a 2-1 lead from the first leg match but were shocked by the young Taifa Stars who also recorded a 2-1 victory to tie the game at 3-3 and forced a penalty shootout, which the hosts shaded 4-3 to advance as well.

South Africa were much more solid than in the first leg match at home with Orlando Pirates Andile Jali throwing a protective shield in front of the back four where Bloemfontein Celtic’s Mathoho Mulomowandau once again displayed all the characteristics that has earned him the nickname of “Tower” as he stood head and shoulders in the cauldron of Bamako.

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