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Amajita win nine goal thriller 04/12/04

Steve Komphela's South African U-20 side won the Cosafa Cup following their thrilling 5-4 victory over Zambia at the Caledonian Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Star for the home side was Orlando Pirates striker Lebohang 'Cheeseboy' Mokoena who underlined his massive potential with a well taken hat trick.

The hosts were in control for most of the first half and first got onto the scoreboard in the 19th minute when the speedy young Mokoena was put through on goal.

'Cheeseboy' used his blistering pace to outstrip the Zambian defence before unleashing an unstoppable low left-footed shot past into the far post past the helpless Zambian goal keeper.

Six minutes later Mokoena had the ball in the back of the net again when Tuks striker Lerato Chabango put him through on goal and the young Buccaneer used his strength to hold of the Zambian defence before calmly slotting the ball home.

The early lead seemed to lull Amajita into a false sense of security, which allowed the Zambians to come storming back with two goals in quick succession - in the 40th minute Fred Yumbu unleashed a 35-yard screamer, and then in the 41st minute Rainford Kalaba scored with a beautiful curling shot from outside the area.

However, the South Africans were unable to restore their lead only a minute later when the ball was centred to Chabanga, who made no mistake from close range.

Amajita quickly restored their two goal cushion when Dan Klate netted in the 47th minute after pouncing on a loose ball inside the Zambian box, before burying the ball in the top corner.

This goal failed to deter the Zambians, who did not panic as they continued to play their passing game.

In the 74th minute their hard work paid dividends when Kalaba again scored with a brilliant shot into the top corner of the net, from at least 30-yards out.

The visitors found an equalising goal only two minutes later when South Africa conceded an unnecessary corner and Lalaba whipped the ball in to Whyson Phiri, who steered the ball home in emphatic fashion.

However, the South Africans were not yet finished as Mokoena again used his pace to break through the Zambian defence and slot the ball past the keeper, giving him his hat-trick in the process.

The host managed to hold on for the final minutes, giving them a famous victory.

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