Musona and Malajila second half strikes handed Zimbabwe a 2-1 victory over Bafana Bafana in an international friendly at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night
South Africa had a lion share of possession in the first half of the game against neighbours Zimbabwe, but they could not hit their opponents where it hurts most.
Knowledge Musona should have done better in the 4th minute after being given freedom in the Bafana penalty area, but he let his shot fly over the bar.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane was brought down by Danny Phiri outside the Zimbabwe box in the 13th minute, but Bernard Parker’s effort hit the wall.
Letsholonyane played Siphelele Mthembu through in the 17th minute, but Chindungwe was quick to react as he cleared for Bafana’s second corner of the game.
Khama Billiat outpaced Bafana from the halfway line in the 20th minute, but the Sundowns midfielder was a bit selfish as he fired his shot wide when he should have passed the ball to Kingston Nkhatha.
Musona got himself into great positions at times, and he was ruled offside in the 23rd minute despite beating the offside trap although Bafana recovered in time to make a clearance.
Bafana threatened Washington Arubi in the 36th minute after a well played move between David Mathebula and Parker, but Chindungwe cleared off Parker’s feet to concede a corner.
Both sides found it hard to break the deadlock and had to settle for 0-0 draw going into the second half.
Bafana started the second half on the back foot after Knowledge Musona thunderous strike gave Zimbabwe a 1-nil lead in the 51st minute.
The Warriors should have doubled their lead two minutes later, but Nkhatha failed to put the ball in the back of the net with only Darren Keet to beat, but credit must be given to the Bafana goalkeeper who came off his line to make a fine block.
Parker tried his luck with a diving header on the hour mark after being left alone in the penalty area, but the Bafana captain could not hit the target.
The visitors looked satisfied with one goal, as they sat back and relied on long balls, but Bafana kept digging without success.
Tsepo Masilela tried with his weaker foot from inside the Zimbabwean penalty area in the 74th minute, but his shot narrowly went over the bar.
Musona created space for himself at the edge of Bafana area with 10 minutes remaining, but his low shot was easily dealt with by Keet.
The Warriors looked to finish Bafana off in the dying minutes of the game after Nkhatha played the ball across Keet’s goal, but Cuthbert Malajila’s effort also went across the goal and allowed Bafana to recover.
It was then too late for Bafana to at least get the equalizer, as Curthbert Malajila made it 2-0 to the Zimbabweans in stoppage time.
Bafana reacted immediately after the second goal with Bernard Parker getting a late goal, but it was too little too late as it ended 2-1 in favour of the Zimbabweans.