Amajita thump Mauritius

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The encounter, which was played under searing heat, got off to a promising start with the South Africans having the better exchanges over the passive visitors, but they were let down by inept shooting.

The hosts came close to getting onto the score sheet as early as the sixth minute when Juliano St Marie almost head headed past his own goalkeeper, Kevin Louis, in attempt to clear.

Louis was back into action four minutes later to make a brilliant save from Sibusiso Ntuli. In the 17th minute, Wayne Matle wasted a glorious opportunity when he blasted over the bar from close-range.

The visitors’ defence finally gave in the 26th minute when Thulani Serero curled in a free kick around the Mauritian wall and beyond the reach of Louis.

The second stanza started in similar one-sided fashion with Ntuli taking advantage of confusion inside the 18 yard box and finishing with a low shot.

Serero robbed himself of a brace when he shot just wide in the 56th minute after being set up by Man of the Match, Michael Nkambule.

The impressive playmaker himself should have made it three goals in the 60th minute but blasted skywards after gliding past a couple of Mauritian defenders.

The third came in the 67th minute when Aupa Manyisa sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot after a handling offence by Ashlee Modeste.

The islanders’ world further crumbled around them in the 81st minute when Bongani Thwala chipped over a disappointing Louis into the net.

There was still chance for a fifth goal as Serero finished off from close range six minutes later.