South Africa won 1-0 in their AFCON warm-up friendly against Zambia at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with Thuso Phala scoring the only goal of the game on 81 minutes.
South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba opted to rest his preferred central midfielder partnership of Andile Jali and Dean Furman, with the aim of testing other combination in the middle of the park, as he opted for playing Sangweni and Letsholonyane
Zambia were certainly the better team going forward in the first 45 minutes and looked to enjoy more oomph in the final third. Zambia and Mamelodi Sundowns goal minder Kennedy Mweene suffered an injury just before the break and was replaced by Danny Munyao.
In the 60th min Bafana burst through Zambia’s defence and Anele Ngcongca saw his shot deflected over the top from close range by Munyao. Fifteen minutes later it was Zambia’s turn to miss when James Chamanga was unable to direct his shot on target with substitute goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo having been drawn off his line.
The match looked set to end in a goalless draw until the 81st minute when Sibusiso Vilakazi put Thuso Phala in on goal, who then broke the deadlock with a powerful shot that bounced down off the crossbar into goal.
South Africa (0) 1 (Phala 81’)
SA: Keet, Ngcongca, Mathoho, Coetzee, Matlaba, Letsholonyane, Sangweni, Masango, Manyisa, Ndulula, Rantie
Subs used: Parker, Zwane, Vilakazi, Khuzwayo, Phala, Hlatshwayo
Zambia: Mweene, Nkausu, Kabwe, Mtonga, Sunzu, Sinkala, Lungu, Musonda, Kalaba, Singuluma, Mayuka
Subs used: Munyao, Munthali, Chamanga, M. Mulenga, Mwanza, Sautu