The Star Early Edition

South Africa go down in Bu­rundi


THE SOUTH African Women Un­der-20 team’s World Cup hopes took a knock af­ter they were edged 2-0 in the first leg of the sec­ond-round qual­i­fiers by hosts Bu­rundi on Satur­day at the Prince Louise Rwa­ga­sore Sta­dium.

Goals in ei­ther half saw Baset­sana lose out in Bu­jum­bura.

Lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween goal­keeper Jes­sica Wil­liams and her de­fence saw Bu­rundi pounce on a loose ball to make it 1-0 as early as the first minute.

In the sec­ond half, the South Africans came out guns blaz­ing in search of the equaliser. How­ever, Bu­rundi scored on the break in the dy­ing min­utes to se­cure vic­tory.

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