SA coach Stuart Baxter directs his players
Tuesday Jun 13, 2017. 20:51
Zambia came from a goal down to defeat South Africa 2-1 in an international friendly played at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on Tuesday evening.
Both Bafana Bafana and Chipolopolo made major changes to their line-ups following their matches in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers this past weekend.
South Africa looked the stronger team from the early stages, but had to wait until midway through the first hall to claim the lead. Kermit Erasmus worked space for a cross from the left and Lebogang Manyama arrived late in the middle of the box to score with a cushioned header.
It was the Cape Town City striker’s first goal for Bafana Bafana and comes after a season in which he was the top scorer in South Africa’s top flight domestic league.
Zambia responded with a mixture of rough tackles - for which a couple of their players were perhaps lucky not to be sent off - and a bold trio of substitutions with five minutes of the first half remaining, as Justin Shonga, Godfred Ngwenya and Lubinda Mundia came onto the field.
South Africa’s first substitution was the introduction of goalkeeper Ronwen Williams at the start of the second half and he was called into action 10 minutes after the restart as he made a fine save to deny Donashano Malama.
Yet the SuperSport United goalkeeper could do nothing to deny Brian Mwila, who brought Zambia level at 1-1 with a fine finish in the 72nd
minute. It was no less than Chipolopolo deserved for a much improved second-half performance.
And just seven minutes later they took the lead for the first time, with Mundia beating Williams to make it 2-1 to the visitors following some sub-par defending from South Africa.
Bafana looked to come back in the dying minutes and striker Percy Tau forced a save out of Zambia goalkeeper Allan Chibwe, while substitute Lebogang Phiri shot just wide of the mark.
Right at the end of regulation time a goal-mouth melee from a free kick almost produced an equaliser for the hosts, but defender Lorenzo Gordinho saw his close-range header well saved by the ‘keeper.
South Africa (1) 1 (Manyama 23’)
Zambia (0) 2 (Mwila 72’, Mundia 79’)
SA: Keet (Williams 46’), Mobara, Gordinho, Coetzee, Hlanti, Jali, Mabunda, Tau, Erasmus (Gabuza 70’), Ngoma (Phiri 60’), Manyama
Zambia: Chibwe, Chungu, Shamujompa, Kampamba (Shonga 40’ [Chomba 90+2’]), Katema, Nsofwa (Mundia 39’), Sikombe (Ngwenya 39’), Malama, Nshimbi (Phiri 62’), Mulenga, Mwila