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SA go top as Egypt win in Kigali

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The top two teams in each group qualify for the Under-20 World Cup

South Africa beat Nigeria 2-1 on Thursday to go top of their group at the African Youth Championship in Rwanda.

In a thrilling, end-to-end match Nigeria broke the deadlock - but a penalty brought South Africa back into the game.

George Maluleka scored a superb individual goal to win the game.

Amajita are now within touching distance of the semis and a place in the under-20 World Cup later this year.

Okechukwu Uchebo put Nigeria's Flying Eagles into the lead after 70 minutes of a thrilling game.

A penalty a few minutes later, converted by Phumelele Bengu, got South Africa back into the game, and George Maluleka scored a dramatic winner a few minutes from time.

If South Africa reach the semi-finals they will automatically qualify for the under-20 World Cup later this year.

In the day's other game, Egypt came from behind to beat Ivory Coast.

The 2-1 win gives them their first points of the tournament, but Ivory Coast remain bottom, without a point.

For much of the game, Ivory Coast were the stronger side and they took the lead on the half hour.

Egypt finally got themselves back into the game when a corner from the right went woefully undefended by the Ivorians, swept across the face of goal and was buried from five yards by Ahmed Fathi.

It looked as though it was going to remain at one apiece until the last few minutes of the game.

Egypt broke down the left, the ball was cut back from the byline and Ahmed Megazi climbed high at the far post to head home the winner.

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2009 African Youth Championship
22 Jan 09 |  African


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