Ghana’s opposition in the 2022 world cup qualifiers, South Africa were in action on Thursday at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
The Bafana Bafana hosted the Cranes of Uganda in a friendly game having seen the world cup qualifiers scheduled for this month postponed.
South Africa beat the Ugandans with a 3-2 scoreline with goals from Evidence Makgopa (twice) and Bongokuhle Hlongwane while Ibrahim Orit and Lumala Abdu scored for the visitors.
The home came from a goal down in the first half to topple Abdallah Mubiru’s men.
Following the absence of newly appointed coach Hugo Broos and Cedomir Janevski’s positive test for the novel coronavirus, the latter was replaced by Helman Mkhalele on the touchlines for South Africa.
Mkhalele named a starting eleven with Ronwen Williams in post, while Innocent Maela, De Reuck, Sibisi, Mabiliso completed the back four. Farmer, Brooks, Maboe and Martin were the middle four with Mkhulise and Hlongwane leading the lines.
With a more youthful squad, the South African side were far from convincing in the game but managed to hold on for the win after taking the lead.
The win will boost their confidence in the next set of games to come considering this a new era they seek to build with the appointment of Broos in the dugouts, and one the teams who would have to keep an eye in the performances of South Africa is Ghana knowing that we find ourselves in the same group for the 2022 world cup qualifiers.