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South Africa v Zambia Match Report, 11/10/2020

FT
1 - 2
RSA
ZAM
K. Dolly (66)
K. Kampamba (78)
C. Zulu (82)
Royal Bafokeng Stadium
South Africa 1-2 Zambia: Chipolopolo rally to beat Bafana Bafana
16:09 BST 11/10/2020
Keagan Dolly of Bafana Bafana against Zambia, October 2020
Ntseki's men let their 1-0 lead slip through their fingers as the visitors scored twice late into the second half to claim victory

Zambia came from a goal down to beat South Africa 2-1 in an international friendly which was played at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday afternoon. 

Molefi Ntseki's men went ahead through Keagan Dolly midway through the second half but Chipolopolo netted twice in quick succession through Kelvin Mubanga Kampamba and Chaniza Zulu to steal the match under the noses of Bafana Bafana. 

As a result, Bafana Bafana concluded this Fifa break with a draw and a defeat to their name, and more questions will be asked about the direction the national team is taking under the leadership of coach Ntseki.

The 51-year-old mentor made wholesale changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Namibia on Thursday, with the technical team opting for experienced players such as Thulani Hlatshwayo, Andile Jali and Percy Tau. 

Bafana Bafana had a much-improved performance from the previous encounter with silky touches in midfield where Jali was pulling the strings alongside Teboho Mokoena. 

Ntseki, however, had to change his approach as early as the first minute as he was forced to replace the injured Lyle Foster with Dolly. 

A Tau free-kick early in the game saw the Zambian defence with goalkeeper Sebastian Mwange scrambling to deny Bafana Bafana as the intentions became clear from the hosts. 

Chipolopolo were not deterred by Bafana's early attacks as they launched their own, coming from the left-hand side of the pitch. 

Midway through the first half, Motjeka Madisha came to Bafana's rescue as he stretched his leg to clear the ball off the line with Evans Kangwa well-positioned to tap the ball home as the visitors managed to get behind the defence. 

Tau was afforded acres of space outside the box and he unleashed with his left-foot, only for Mwange to palm the ball over the crossbar for a corner. 

The resulting corner saw Bafana come close to taking the lead with Madisha sending his header agonisingly over the top. 

The final chance of the first half went to Zambia who struck the woodwork through Lubambo Musonda with Darren Keet well-beaten. The ball came back into play and Bafana managed to clear their lines. 

Whatever Ntseki told Bafana at half-time really worked as the team played as a unit but Sredojevic must have re-energised his players as they also took the game to their opponents. 

It was Bafana Bafana who first broke the deadlock through Dolly who dribbled past Mwange after a defence-splitting pass from Tau in the 66th minute.

The left-footer raced through on goal and tapped the ball into an empty net, much to the delight of the Bafana technical bench.  

Both coaches made changes as they introduced fresher legs in an attempt to win the match. 

However, it was Zambia whose changes proved effective as Kampamba equalised with a sublime finish, firing the ball past Keet after Hlatshwayo had failed to close him down in the 78th minute.

Bafana found themselves a goal down three minutes later when Gampani Lungu's attempted shot from the right-hand side fell onto the path of Zulu, who easily slotted the ball into the back of the net for Zambia's second goal of the afternoon and Sredojevic's men went on to win the match.