Mpoto the penalties hero as SA U-23s edge Ghana to the Tokyo Olympics

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Tokyo2020 Olympics Mondli Mpoto saved two spot kicks as South Africa booked their ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games with a 6-5 penalty shootout win.

It was ultimately a deserved victory for the side and should have been wrapped up in ordinary time had they not spurned so many chances, but it is a case of job done as they qualified for back-to-back Olympics following their appearance in 2016, and join Egypt and Ivory Coast as Africa’s representatives.

South Africa may have had to settle for the bronze medal at this tournament, but there is definite ‘gold’ in this exciting Under-23 side that bodes well for the future of Bafana Bafana, especially as coach David Notoane was missing a number of players. They were ahead when Singh drove in a low cross from an acute angle which went into the net via a deflection off Ghana defender Mohammed, just the second goal the side scored in their fifth game at the tournament.

Moments later Foster had the ball in the net but was adjudged to have fouled Habib by referee Boubou Traoré from Mali, when replays suggested it was a legal shoulder-to-shoulder contest between the pair. South Africa continued to press at the start of the second half, but Ghana found a leveller with a stunning strike from Mensah.

 

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