By Muambo Edward 

Football Writer, Cameroon

South Africa secured the third and final place available for Africa in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games win a 6-5 win over Ghana in post match penalty shootouts.

South Africa now joins Egypt and Ivory Coast to compete for the football Gold Medal with 13 other teams in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Ghana took the game to penalties with an 85th minute equalizer by Emmanuel Obeng.

South Africa’s goalkeeper Mondli Mpoto was their hero after he saved Emmanuel Cudjoe’s spot kick to hand them the precious win.

While the South African players and coaches celebrated their win, it was all gloomy for the Meteors who had leveled the scores twice in regular play time only to be undone by the cruel penalty shootouts.

South Africa took the lead from an own-goal from Habib Mohammed at the 15th minute. Ghana leveled tally at the 50th minute with a well taken shot from Evans Mensah.

The South Africans will restore their advantage at the 62nd minute through Kamohelo Mahlatsi.

Ghana will equalize again through Obeng after some neat foot work from Evans Mensah and a goalkeeping blunder from Mpoto.

The game went straight into post match penalties given that the regulations of tournament do not allow for the additional 30 minutes to be played.

South Africa, Ivory Coast and Egypt will try to add to Africa’s previous five medals in football at the Olympic Games, with Nigeria winning Gold, Silver and Bronze, Cameroon winning Gold and Ghana winning Bronze previously.

During the qualifiers, only players aged 23 and below are allowed to play, but in the competition proper, the 16 teams are allowed to add three over-aged players.


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