Excellent news is that the entire Black Aces trio of James McFarlane, Junior Nare and Bryn Deeley started the match.
A brace by substitute Louis Mitraille broke the hearts of the South Africans who gave it their all in a highly contested encounter.
Amajimbos went into the halftime break trailing 1-0, after Louis Mitraille opened the scoring in the 44th minute with an excellent shot to beat Christodoulou in the box. The second half started off much better as the young South Africans managed to dispossess the hosts; however goalkeeper Jean Michel was determined not to concede.
Head Coach Molefi Ntseki brought in Alex Da Silva in search for a goal in the 64th minute; however Mitraille found himself unmarked minutes later and netted in his second goal of the match.
Ntseki made his second substitution in the 72nd minute when Lungile Makambi was brought on in place of Olefile Ramatlo to try and bring some stability to the midfield, as the South Africans continued to search for a goal.
“Congratulations to Mauritius, they deserve the win. We still have a long way to go before reaching the objective we want; however it is ok. We were more worried about winning the match rather than playing to our strengths. They made typical mistakes for their age group and we believe that the future for our team is very bright;”said Ntseki.
South Africa will now face Malawi in the 3rd/ 4th place play off on Sunday, 30 July; while Mauritius progress to the final against Zambia, who also won their semi final 2-0 earlier today.
This is how they lined up:
South African starting XI: Constandino Christodoulou (GK); Bryn Deeley; Sizwe Ntanzi; Kieron Jacks (C); Barry Sithole; Cade Erickson; Storm Jonas (Segotlong 84’) ; Mohammed Shahabodien (Da Silva 64’); James McFarlene; Olifile Ramatlo (Makambi 72’); Junior Nare
Substitutions: Thabang Maema; Omphile Moeletsi; Tshegofatso Mathibe; Joshua Momodu; Junior Khiba; Alex Da Silva; Lungile Makambi; Boikanyo Segotlong; Azola Tshobeni
Mauritian starting XI: Jean Michel (GK); Maison Rouge; Jean Gentil; Jean Francois; Caylan Wilson; Jean Aristide; Ludovic Milazar; Emilo Hyopolite; Louis Philibert; Andrew Aristide; Chiu Chung Fat
Substitutions: Jean Capricieux (GK); Yoan Dupre; Jeremy Kawoa; John Lan; Jean Cisimir; Louis Minerve; ; Kentiss Bhugeerathee; Jean Martin; Louis Mitraille
Referee: Ceiso Armindo Alvacao (Mozambique)
Assistant Referee 1: James Fredrick Emile (Seychelles)
Assistant Referee 2: Jimmy Phiri (Zambia)
Fourth Official: Baillache Jean Brandy Stevie (Mauritius)
Match Commissioner: James Mwenda (Malawi)
FRIDAY’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS
Malawi 0 Zambia 2 (Njobvu 3’, 7’)
South Africa 0 Mauritius 2 (Mitraille 44’, 65’)
SUNDAY’S THIRD-PLACE PLAY-OFF FIXTURE
Malawi vs South Africa (KO 12h00 local, 08h00 GMT) – Stade St Francois Xavier
SUNDAY’S FINAL FIXTURE
Zambia vs Mauritius (KO 15h00 local, 11h00 GMT) – Stade St Francois Xavier
Group A P W D L GF GA Pts
Malawi 3 3 0 0 9 0 9
Mauritius 3 2 0 1 3 3 6
Botswana 3 1 0 2 3 5 3
Zimbabwe 3 0 0 3 1 8 0
Group B P W D L GF GA Pts
South Africa* 3 2 0 1 10 7 6
Zambia 3 2 0 1 10 4 6
Mozambique 3 2 0 1 4 3 6
Madagascar 3 0 0 3 4 14 0
*SA top the pool on head-to-head against Zambia and Mozambique.
Matches Played: 14
Goals scored: 48
Biggest victory: Zambia 7 Madagascar 1 (Group B, July 21)
Most goals in a game: 8 – Zambia 7 Madagascar 1 (Group B, July 21)
5 goals – Lameck Banda (Zambia), Martin Njobvu (Zambia)
4 – Junior Nare (South Africa)
3 – Chinsinsi Maonga (Malawi), Mohammed Shahabodien (South Africa)
2 – Louis Mitraille (Mauritius), Patrick Mwaungulu (Malawi), Kaone Bogosi (Botswana)
1 – Mamitina Andriamahazaka (Madagascar), Mamisoa Andriamalala (Madagascar), Jean Aristide (Mauritius), Josephy Balakasi (Malawi), Tinotendaishe Benza (Zimbabwe), Geny Catamo (Mozambique), Adriano Chiu Chung Fat (Mauritius), Dillan Fanomezantsoa (Madagascar), Alex Da Silva (South Africa), Kingsley Hakwiya (Zambia), Celton Jamisse (Mozambique), Edilson Luis (Mozambique), Chikondi Mbeta (Malawi), James McFarlane (South Africa), Prince Mumba (Zambia), Gerson Novela (Angola), Louis Philibert (Mauritius), Stéphan Rakotovao (Madagascar), Olefile Ramatlo (South Africa), Godfrey Tauyatswala (Botswana), Frank Titani (Malawi), Tathedwa Willard (Malawi)
Courtesy: safa.net and cosafa.com