Wednesday Aug 21, 2019. 14:00
South Africa and Zambia will meet in a friendly international in Lusaka on September 7, their fourth clash in two years in what is becoming a regular rivalry.
In fact, South Africa’s 21 past meetings with Zambia is by far the most against any other nation, with Nigeria and Botswana the next highest on 15 each.
It will be a first chance for interim coach Molefi Ntseki to gather the team as he steps up from his role as regular Under-17 coach and assistant at the recent Africa Cup of Nations.
It is likely to be his only game in charge as the South African Football Association seek to make a permanent appointment by the end of next month, ahead of the start of the 2021 Nations Cup qualifiers in November.
South Africa are in Group C together with Ghana, Sudan and the winner of the preliminary round encounter between Mauritius and Sao Tome e Principe, which will be played in October.
Zambia will also use the game to build after the disappointment of not making it to Egypt for the last continental finals.
They have a tough draw that sees them up against champions Algeria, Zimbabwe and Botswana, with only the top two teams advancing to the finals in Cameroon.
Zambia have generally had the better of Bafana, leading the head-to-head 7-6, with eight matches drawn.
Their most recent meeting was in March last year when South Africa won 2-0 in Ndola thanks to goals from Percy Tau and Lebo Mothiba.