South Africa 1-1 Namibia: Brave Warriors fight back to hold Bafana Bafana
Luther Singh of South Africa, June 2019
Molefi Ntseki's men let their neighbours off the hook before both sides settled for a draw

South Africa and Namibia played to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Thursday night. 

Luther Singh opened the scoring with a sublime finish for Bafana Bafana in the second half but the Brave Warriors fought back and drew level through Absalom Iimbondi's second-half strike. 

Bafana now shift focus to Zambia whom they are facing on Sunday for their final match of this international break. 

Coach Molefi Ntseki surprised many by naming a relatively inexperienced starting line-up with three players in Thibang Phete, Siyethemba Sithebe and Thabo Nodada getting their first run for Bafana Bafana. 

The 51-year-old mentor had to change his initial starting XI, replacing the injured Reeve Frosler with Abubaker Mobara just minutes before the game.  

Ronwen Williams was handed the captain's armband on the day as Thulani Hlatshwayo wasn't part of the matchday squad. 

The home side had a bright start to the match with Mothobi Mvala and Nodada dictating terms in midfield. 

Keagan Dolly and Innocent Maela took the game to the Namibians as Bafana Bafana played like they have been together for quite some time. 

South Africa got in front in the 18th minute when they capitalised on Namibia's defensive mistakes and launched a quick counter attacker into the box. 

Kermit Erasmus, leading the attack ahead of Percy Tau, received possession from inside the box before setting up Singh for Bafana's opening goal. 

The 23-year-old controlled the ball nicely before slotting it past Virgil Vries with his weaker foot. 

It was Bafana Bafana who dominated the game afterwards, giving the Brave Warriors no chance to attack or even test Williams.   

Peter Shalulile should have done better on the stroke of half-time after some sloppy defending from Bafana Bafana but the new Mamelodi Sundowns striker fired wide from the edge of the box, much to the disappointment of the Namibian bench. 

But before then, Singh mistimed his run from another great attack by Bafana as Nodada's pass couldn't find him this time. 

Namibia knew they needed to do something about their game plan and Elmo Kambindu was the first to come on for Gustav Isaak. 

Ntseki responded with a double substitution, bringing on Lyle Foster and Gladwin Shitolo for Erasmus and Mvala. 

However, the move appeared to backfire five minutes into the second half as Namibia took control of the match and threatened to penetrate the Bafana Bafana defence. 

Bafana would pay the heavy price when Iimbondi fired his sublime attempt past Williams after getting behind the home team's defence in the 55th minute. 

Ntseki's men were often found wanting, especially in their own half, and that led to the vulnerability of the back four. 

The six changes Ntseki made in the second half unsettled the team's momentum as the Brave Warriors really threatened to steal the game from under the nose of the home team. 

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Joslin Kamatuka nearly handed the visitors the lead 15 minutes from time but Ricardo Goss, who had come on for Williams, dived to his right to make a fine block. 

The last big chance of the night fell for Dolly, who found himself alone in the box and after after controlling the ball nicely on the left-hand side, the Montpellier winger couldn't beat Vries who threw himself at the midfielder's feet to make a save. 

Ultimately, both Bafana Bafana and the Brave Warriors played to a draw - Namibia's second draw in 11 matches against the South Africans.