South Africa U-23 side come home with win over Zimbabwe

15:05, July 12, 2011      

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The South African U-23 side returned home on Monday from Zimbabwe after they qualified for the 10th All Africa Games following their 2-1 aggregate win over the hosts.

South Africa took on Zimbabwe in the second leg of the qualifiers and lost the encounter 0-1. The match was played at the Rufaro Stadium in the capital Harare.

Shakes Mashaba's side won the first leg 2-0 at the Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton, Johannesburg, two weeks ago.

"I am obviously very disappointed that we did not win our match but I am happy with the overall result. I know that everybody would have loved for us to come back home with a win, but let me hasten to add that it was a very tough match and my boys did very well to hold on," said coach Mashaba.

"The defence worked wonders and we were just unfortunate to let that one goal in. It was also a very good experience for the boys playing away from home. I must admit it's a very good feeling to qualify for the AAG which in my view is a prestigious tournament."

"I have always said that for us to conquer the world we need to start in our backyard, right here in our region, then we can take it from there. So this is the start we wanted."

"The All Africa Games will also be a good test for the boys because they will able to play a number of matches in a short period of time," said Mashaba.

The 10th All Africa Games will be held from Sept. 3-18 in Maputo, Mozambique.

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