This was South Africa’s third match on the road (following two wins over Botswana last week). On this occasion, they found the going tougher against Lesotho.
But it was Amajimbos who got the much-needed goal in the 18th minute through captain Nelson Maluleka – his third in three outings.
The hosts proved a more formidable opponent and were a constant thorn in the visitors’ defence but poor finishing let them down as they missed several scoring opportunities.
Among those getting a run was midfielder Athenkosi Dlala who arrived in camp yesterday (Wednesday, 9 July) after attending to a family bereavement.
Lesotho piled on the pressure and Ntseki made some substitutions – one of them Vuyo Mantjie scored in the 38th minute of the second half, a goal, which gave the South Africans breathing space. It ended 2-0 in favour of Amajimbos.
The next match will be played on Sunday, 13 July at the Setsoto Stadium in Maseru. Kickoff is at 15h00.
The matches are part of preparations for the crucial 2015 African Youth Championship qualifier against Tanzania on Friday, 18 July in Dar es Salaam.
This is how they lined up:
Lesotho U17: Ramalefane Monaheng (GK), Matlopong Seana, Moalosi Mosoeu, Tatai Bokang, Mokokoane Rethabile, Thulo Kamohelo, Toloane Tsepo, Mphale Ntoa, Mohapi Bonang, Makhomo Napo, Tshesane Lesia
Subs: Phatela Khaya, Nkune Tom, Boseka Motlatsi, Lejaha Ntoro, Lamanki Hlompho, Mokoeana Thaane, Mphosi Thabo, Kamela Khubetsoana, Mokhachane Neo
South Africa U17: Sanele Tshabalala (GK), Tshepiso Mahlangu, Kananelo Motsoeneng, Thendo Mukumela (Thato Ramogogodi), Katlego Mohamme, Athenkosi Dlala, Charles Baloyi (Samuel Nkomo), Nelson Maluleka (C) (Khanyisa Mayo), Edwin Sekhwama (Thato Pheleu) Sibongakonke Mbatha (Vuyo Mantjie), Benedict Matlawa (Felix Noge)
Subs: Mondli Mpoto (GK), Simon Nqoi, Vuyo Mantjie, Felix Noge, Khanyisa Mayo, Thato Ramogogodi, Thato Pheleu, Mxolisi Skei (GK), Vuyo Mkhatshana , Notha Ngcobo, Keanu Cupido, Samuel Nkomo