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Same, Same - Why Amajita's WC Campaign Was Familiar...

It was a familiar story for South Africa at the U20 World Cup in Poland, with Amajita ending the tournament with just a point to their name.
 
 
Thabo Senong's side turned party poopers for pre-tournament favourites, Portugal, as they held them to a 1-1 draw in the final game of Group F, with the Portuguese side getting knocked out as South Korea picked up a surprise win over Argentina.
 
The result meant that Amajita finished the tournament in exactly the same way that they have done in two of their three previous attempts, with Lyle Foster, Thabiso Monyane (both penalties) and Keenan Phillips getting their three goals over the course of the competition.
 
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Here's Amajita's record at the U20 WC in their four attempts to date -
 
1997: 
P3 W0 D1 L2
2009:
P4 W1 D1 L2
2017:
P3 W0 D1 L2
2019:
P3 W0 D1 L2
 
In terms of goals, this year's WC was their second highest-scoring attempt (3 goals), while their seven goals conceded was their worst defensive performance other than 2009 - however they did play one more game that year.
 
 
Amajita's performance in Poland saw them finish 19th in the tournament as they again ended without a win to their name, though it was their second highest finish of their four attempts after their Round of 16 appearance a decade ago.

Check out all the match highlights in the gallery below:

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