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Amaglu-glug massacre Benin in Olympic qualifier

[Posted 19 Jun 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Amaglu-glug massacre Benin in Olympic qualifier

South Africa's Under 23 team showed enough hunger and passion to overturn a 1-3 deficit in a London 2012 Olympic qualifying second round encounter  against Benin at the Rand Stadium to emerge 5-1 victors and progress on a 6-4 aggregate.

Amaglu-glug needed the kind of performance seen at Rand Stadium to get a sweet revenge over their opponents who beat them 3-1 in Benin about two weeks back.

Rampant home players made their intentions very clear by grabbing four goals in the first 45 minutes.

Bay United striker Phumelele Bhengu, who is returning to Moroka Swallows next season, was a real threat to the visitors' defence and opened the scoring in the 14th minute.

Thami Sangweni followed it up with a second in the 25th minute, before Mandal Masango and Bongani "Drogba" Ndulula added the 3rd and 4th goals in the 38th and 44th minutes respectively.

While the West Africans attempted to break the hearts of the crowd that enterd free of charge at Rand Stadium with their 4th aggregate goal in the 78th minute, Shakes Mashaba's boys tightened things up at the back, and made the match safe when Ndulula scored his second in the 88th minute.

Bhengu was the star performer for the South Africans on a Sunday afternoon, and he is one of the men to watch when Amaglu-glug take on Zimbabwe in the final qualifer for the All-Africa Games next week on Saturday.

Amaglu-glug qualify for the 3rd round of the Olympics on a 6-4 aggregate.

Mashaba's team has demonstrated their ability to attack. However, the two matches against Benin have revealed the weakness of the team in defence and the last line of midfield.

Against a rampant side like the Young Warriors of Zimbabwe, Amaglu-glug will have to do much better than they did against Benin in the two legs. Zimbabwe is a completely different ball game, and will not sit back and let South Africa attack them.


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