Platinum Stars midfielder Kobamelo Kodisang proved to be a revelation as Amajita beat Sudan 3-1 to qualify for semifinals of the CAF Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations and the Fifa Under-20 World Cup.
Amajita and Sudan were deadlocked at 1-1 when Kodisang was introduced to the pitch in place of Liam Jordan in the 52nd minute of the U20 Africa Cup of Nations at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia. Kodisang, the 17-year-old from Seraleng in Rustenburg, would change the complexion of the game.
Kodisang made immediate impact. When the midfielder was sent away down the left, he eliminated a Sudanese defender and put in a cross with his left. The ball fell kindly for Luther Singh, whose initial shot was blocked but Grant Margeman reacted the quickest to restore South Africa’s lead. Phakamani Mahlambi had scored the first goal in the first half.
Kodisang was again the conductor of the South African orchestra as he created the third goal. Kodisang latched on Singh’s through ball. Kodisang had the goalkeeper only as his obstacle. Instead of taking a shot, Kodisang decided to pull the ball back for Sibongakonke Mbatha, who finished superbly making it 3-1.
With South Africa in charge, Twitter was full of praises for Kodisang, the Platinum Stars academy graduate.
@Xolaninhleko wrote: Kodisang, what a footballer #afconu20@PlatinumstarsFC has changed South Africa’s fortune.
@Pietmashika wrote: @Platinumstars needs to give Kodisang more playing time, he is really a good player and he has a bright future.
@I_amRamz wrote: “There is only one player I would take overseas and that is Kodisang – Foppe De Haan.
@Mziedouw wrote: This Kodisang boy is so skillful.
@Prophilani wrote: Platinum Stars’ Kodisang made a huge difference for Amajita.
@Papi_Wonderkid wrote: Kobamelo Kodisang plays 100% pure football.
@therealmakoya3 wrote: Kobamelo Kodisang is just too good. Hats off to Cavin Johnson.
@GlenGooner93 wrote: Kodisang has brought in the X-factor with him.
@SnymanXXX wrote: Kodisang is a great player. Rustenburg is represented.
@Navigator835 wrote: Kodisang turned this game on its head.
@Iamlbb1 wrote: Zambia beware of King Kodisang S.A Under 20 supersub.
The win by South Africa means Kodisang and his teammates will face hosts Zambia in the semifinals of the Afcon U20 this coming Wednesday. South Africa has now qualified for the Under-20 Fifa World Cup to be held in South Korea in May this year.