Olympic football qualifiers: S

South Africa u23 vs Angola u23 in Luanda. PHOTO: SAFA

Olympic football qualifiers: SA u23s smash Angola 3-1

South Africa’s under 23s have pulled of a great win away from home in putting Angola away 3-1 in Luanda on Friday.

Olympic football qualifiers: S

South Africa u23 vs Angola u23 in Luanda. PHOTO: SAFA

South Africa’s Under 23s completed a clinical 3-1 win over in Angola in the first leg of their Olympic football qualifier on Friday night.

Young Mamelodi Sundowns striker Phakamani Mahlambi buried a chance created by a great cross into the box by Luther Singh that gave South Africa the lead inside the first ten minutes.

Thendo Mukumela smashed in the second with a shot from outside the box that came from a corner won after Teboho Mokoena went close after a quarter of an hour.

Just before half-time Grant Margerman blew a brilliant chance to put South Africa three up and set them cruising. Angola created chances early on but the goals set them back.

In the second half it was Angola who came out with the greater impetus but the first side to score would be David Notoane’s South Africa.

Margerman made amends for his earlier miss holding his nerve in the box to neatly round a huddle of Angola defenders and bury the chance.

Even at 3-0 up Notoane made attacking changes to the team looking to finish off the two-legged tie.

Blotting the copybook

Angola kept pressing to get back into the game and were rewarded late on when Lopez Texeira fired into the back of the South Africa net. Despite the late pressure South Africa held on for an excellent away win.

South Africa are holding all the aces ahead of the return leg of the u23 AFCON qualifier which doubles as the preliminary stages of the 2020 Olympic competition.

The team are looking to secure progress to the Olympics for the second games in succession after their group stage exit in Rio 2016. South Africa earned one of their most famous footballing victories in Olympic competition when they sensationally beat Brazil at the Sydney games in 2000.