Ajax Cape Town’s 18-year-old midfielder, Grant Margeman, found the back of the net as Amajita booked their place at the FIFA U20 World Cup in South Korea.
The South Africa U20 national team defeated Sudan 3-1 in Lusaka on Sunday, to not only seal their place in the semifinals of the 2017 U20 Africa Cup of Nations, but also their ticket to South Korea for the world showpiece.
Phakamani Mahlambi, Margeman and Sibongakonke Mbatha were on target for Thabo Senong’s men as they now set their sights on toppling hosts Zambia this Wednesday.
“Well done to Sudan, but we had to win today,” Senong said. “This win, qualifying for the CAF U20 Afcon semifinals and the FIFA U20 World Cup is an important part in the development of South African football.
“We are not happy that we have conceded five goals in the group stages and this is not normal for us. Once again we will go back to the drawing board to prepare and correct our errors for the semis.”
Margeman played the full 90 minutes, having also featured against Cameroon and Senegal. Urban Warriors dfender Aghmat Ridhaa Ceres is yet to get game time at the on-going tournament.