Posted: 10 April 2019
South Africa made history at the 2019 AMF Futsal World Cup as the first African side to reach the semi-finals since the inception of the competition.
In what was South Africa’s first ever qualification for the Futsal showpiece, the talented crop of players led by head coach Reon Siyaya performed beyond expectations and became crowd favourites in Argentina en route to the last four.
Defender Matthew Johannessen, who’s enjoyed various degrees of success in the ABC Motspe League, revealed he was selected to represent the nation alongside a few players with experience in the professional football ranks.
“It was really amazing, there was so much talent in our team, a few players had already played Absa Premiership and NFD like our captain Auguston Leonard, Houston Hills, Joka [Jose Garcia] and Lehlohonolo Mokoele,” he told KickOff.com.
“The crowds started to love us, fans wanted to take photos, it really was awesome, police taking us to training venues and matches, I’m so grateful for everything.”
Having reached the semi-final, South Africa succumbed to tournament favourites Brazil in a heart-breaking finale as they were mere seconds away from achieving the unthinkable against the two-time winners.
“The semi-final against Brazil was not easy, we gave our all, we went 1-0 down then came back to make the score 1-1, while the game went on we made it 2-1 up, we were defending so well – giving our all on the pitch.
“Unfortunately, we allowed them to make the score 2-2 with 40 seconds to go and the match went to extra time, and they ended up winning the game 6-2.”
Argentina went on to lift the title, while South Africa finished in fourth place, the highest ever finish in African history.
Article by: Lorenz Kohler
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Source link : http://www.kickoff.com/news/94494/2019-amf-futsal-world-cup-south-africa-m
Author : Lorenz Kohler
Publish date : 2019-04-10 10:48:15