Amajimbos now have to beat either Russia or Korea to get back in contention for the 2015 Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Chile.
SA lost 2-1 to Costa Rica at the Estadio Municipal Ester Roa in Concepcion on Monday night, South African time midnight.
Kevin Masis stamped the Central American country’s authority straight away in the seventh minute, tapping in from close range.
After 12 minutes Sibongakonke Mbatha and Athenkosi Dlala combined, but Dlala shot it over goalkeeper Alejandro Barrientos’ goal.
Mbatha found some space in midfield just inside the La Tricolor half on the half-hour mark, and decided to unleash a shot which sailed over Barrientos’ goal-posts.
SA midfielder Kobamelo Kodisang played a through pass for Dlala, but Barrientos came out rushing, and stopped the attacker.
Then Kodisang played a dangerous curling cross into the Costa Rica box, unfortunately his teammate Khanyiso Mayo could not direct the ball into the back of the net.
The La Tricolor attacked against the run of play on the hour-mark, and they were awarded a penalty after Amajimbos defender Katlego Mohamme handled the ball in his own box.
Manuel Reyes made no mistake from the spot-kick as he hit the back of the net with a powerful strike which beat South Africa shot-stopper Mondli Mpoto hands down.
Amajimbos should have pulled one back in the 70th minute when Mbatha’s well-taken cross from the left found Mayo unmarked in the box, but the striker volleyed the ball wide of the target.
SA’s late goal in stoppage time by Mayo will give them hope to fight back in the group. Mayo headed in goal from Reeve Frosler’s cross. They just need two good games and they could progress on goal difference.