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SA coach toasts win over Mauritius

SOUTH Africa coach Thabo Senong says his team will not be carried away by its 2-0 win over Mauritius at the ongoing 2017 MOPANI/COSAFA Under-20 tournament in Kitwe.

And Mauritius coach Etienne Olivier says his side played well despite losing to a good team.

Lyle Foster scored twice as South Africa edged Mauritius in a tightly contested opening Group B clash at Nkana Stadium on Thursday.

The striker from Soweto giants Orlando Pirates hit a powerful shot at goal in the 73rd minute and the ball clattered against the crossbar and down.

There was some debate over whether the ball crossed the line, but the goal was awarded.

South Africa are level on points at the top of group B with guest team Egypt, who beat Mozambique 1-0 on the opening day on Wednesday.

In post-match comments on Thursday, Senong saluted his players but cautioned that it was too early to start talking about winning the tournament.

“Hard luck to Mauritius, I think they are a very good team. They were very tough. They played a lot of aerial balls. It was tough for us to deal with that, so well done to our boys,” Senong said.

“We had to work hard to get a good result. We had to adjust our style of play looking at the playing conditions. Of course, the rains disturbed our rhythm of play. First games in a tournament are not very easy.”

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