Amajita edged old foes Nigeria 5-3 on penalties after a goalless stalemate, to finish in third place and claim the bronze medal spot at the U20 AFCON tournament at the Seyni Kouche Stadium in Niamey,Niger.
The U20 national junior side also achieved their best finish since first qualifying for the tournament.
Thabo Senong’s charges came into the tie on the back of a hard-fought 1-0 win over Burundi in their last group match, which also saw them qualify for the U20 FIFA World Cup in Poland in May.
The South Africans narrowly lost their semi-final tie 1-0 to Senegal while Nigeria were stunned by Mali.
Despite the setback for South Africa, there was also consolation for the team after Kaizer Chiefs’ young midfielder Nkosingiphile Ngcobo was selected into the tournament’s best 11 players.
Meanwhile, Mali held their nerve in the final to beat Senegal 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the match had ended 1-1 in extra-time to claim their maiden U20 AFCON title, condemning the Senegalese to their successive final defeat.