South Africa conquers all at African Youth Games 2018
South Africa sent a signal of total dominance for years with respect to Africa hockey as both male and female u17 teams won gold at the African Youth Games in Algeria yesterday.
After dominating Pool B with victories over Kenya and Nigeria, Zambia had surprised the continent with a place in the final and was keen to repeat such performances against South Africa.
However, it was South Africa who got on to a good start with a goal inside three minutes courtesy Cassiem Mustaphaa.
The goal seemed to have spark life into the Zambians who mounted pressure on South Africa with numerous chances. The reward finally came in the 7th minute as Moro Andrew slotted home the equaliser.
The second half was a different story as no goal was registered. Both teams set up defensively well with their goalkeepers very pivotal.
The match ended 1-1 with shootouts to decide the winner. Wynford Luke and Cassiem Mustaphaa both scored as South Africa cruised to a 2-0 victory.
Waganga Richard and John Peter both got a brace for Kenya and Nigeria respectively but Ogenche Brian’s 17th-minute goal separated both sides giving Kenya the victory.
Kenya took control of the game from the start and went ahead in the 4th minute through Waganga Richard. Zambia almost doubled their lead but Waganga’s searing strike was saved by Abdullahi Mustapha to keep the score 1-0 into the break.
John Peter responded for Nigeria with a goal in the 11th minute but the lead was restored as Ogenche Brian scored from close range in the 17th minute.
John Peter got the equalizer again for Nigeria in the 19th minute but his goal lasted for 20 seconds as Waganga scored the winner for Kenya.
- South Africa – Gold
- Zambia – Silver
- Kenya – Bronze
Top scorer – Peter Jarvis (12 goals) – South Africa
In the women’s category, it was the same story in a different fashion as South Africa beat Namibia 2-0 to claim gold.
South Africa had been rampant upfront in the tournament scoring as many as 38 goals in their previous six matches.
Namibia aware of South Africa’s attacking prowess approached the game very tactical and managed a 0-0 scoreline before halftime.
The breakthrough finally came in the 13th minute as Angela Welham scored to put South Africa ahead. The tournament’s top scorer doubled the lead as she grabbed her 14th goal of the competition with a fantastic goal in the 16th minute.
Zimbabwe deepened Ghana’s woes as they beat them to clinch the final qualifying spot for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics. A 2-1 scoreline was enough for Zimbabwe to win bronze at the African Youth Games.
Terblanche Alexi and Herbst Simone scored in the 13th and 15th minute respectively to give Zimbabwe the advantage. Akoto Charity pulled one back in the 17th minute but time was not on the side of Ghana as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat.
- South Africa – Gold
- Namibia – Silver
- Zimbabwe – Bronze
Top scorer – Welham Angela (14 goals) – South Africa