South Africa outsmarts Uganda in a friendly

South Africa came back to secure a 3-2 win over Uganda in an entertaining international friendly match.

The game was played at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on Thursday evening.

Goals from Evidence Makgopa (brace) and Bongokuhle Hlongwane inspired South Africa to a narrow victory over the Cranes.

Uganda Cranes scored through Ibrahim Orit and Abdu Lumala.

South Africa were determined to bounce back to winning ways having suffered a 2-0 loss to Sudan in their last game in March 2021.

South Africa fields youngsters

Ronwen Williams captained an inexperienced Bafana side with Helman Mkhalele taking charge of the team.

On the other hand, the Cranes were also looking to return to winning ways.

This was after they had succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Malawi in the 2022 Afcon qualifier in March 2021.

Interim Uganda coach Abdallah Mubiru also named a youthful team.

Emmanuel Okwi captained the East-Central African side, while Ismail Watenga started in goal.

Uganda started the match brightly with Okwi looking to make runs in behind the South Africa defence.

He was involved when the Cranes broke the deadlock.

Innocent Maela gave Okwi time and space to play in a delightful cross for Orit, who headed past Williams at the far post.

This handed Uganda a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute.

South Africa were struggling to create any meaningful chances.

The likes of Sphelele Mkhulise and Lebohang Maboe gave away possession cheaply in the final third.

South Africa were looking vulnerable at the back. 

Parity was then restored in the 62nd minute when a quality cross from Kutumela was turned home by debutant Makgopa.

The hosts did not take their foot off the pedal after they leveled matters and they took a 2-1 lead.

Mkhulise played a pass to Makgopa, who then scored with a low shot to make it 3-1 to Bafana Bafana.

Lumala did make an impact on the game as the Pyramids FC forward scored with a header from close range with a minute left.

But the goal proved to be a mere consolation as the home side held on to claim a 3-2 win on the night.

South Africa and Uganda will now turn their attention to September’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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