Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 17:29
A goal in the dying minutes of the match from Augustine Mulenga saw Zambia play to a 2-2 draw against South Africa in a first leg, third round African Nations Championship qualifier at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London on Saturday.
It was a slow start to the game with both sides squandering possession in the final third which resulted in very few decent goal scoring chances.
South Africa, however, began taking control of the match and made their pressure tell with the opening goal on the half hour mark thanks to a strike from Gift Motupa who turned the ball home at a corner-kick, 1-0.
Bafana continued to dictate terms after taking the lead, but could not add to their goal tally before the half time break.
Seven minutes into the second half South Africa did double their lead when Mario Booysen turned home another well-worked corner-kick, 2-0.
After going two goals down Zambia tried to find their way back into the game and did manage to pull a goal back on the hour mark when Lebogang Phiri headed the ball home, 2-1.
South Africa tightened up at the back after that and tried to defend their lead, but they were dealt a crucial blow in the 90th minute when Tercious Malepe was shown a red card following a second bookable offence.
This left Bafana Bafana short in numbers at the back and Zambia managed to equalise in the 93rd minute thanks to a strike from Augustine Mulenga, 2-2.
Having conceded two goals at home South Africa will have a lot to do in the return leg of this third round tie which will be held next weekend in Zambia.
The winner of this two-leg qualifier will take part in CHAN 2019 in Kenya.