Goals from Kermit Erasmus, Percy Tau and Andile Jali helped Bafana Bafana secure a 3-1 win over Guinea-Bissau in an international friendly.
The hosts enjoyed a promising start to the encounter, with Thulani Serero and Kamohelo Mokotjo seeing a lot of the ball in the opening 15 minutes.
Guinea-Bissau, meanwhile, were quite happy to allow Bafana to control the possession, as they looked to catch the home side on the break.
Bafana were eventually awarded a penalty in the 34th minute when Serero was brought down by Rudinilson. Kermit Erasmus stepped up and converted the spot-kick, 1-0.
The South Africans played at a high tempo in the opening 45 minutes, with Keagan Dolly, Themba Zwane, Serero and Mokotjo all combining well in the opposition half.
However, the score remained 1-0 as the sides entered halftime break.
Owen Da Gama opted for a change 10 minutes into the second half, as Zwane made way for Andile Jali
Bafana were still finding hard to break down the visitors’ defence in the second half, which prompted Da Gama to introduce Percy Tau and Lebogang Manyama after 64 minutes.
Tau’s impact was instance, as the Mamelodi Sundowns star doubled Bafana’s lead in the 69th minute with a fine strike, after being played in by Dolly.
Guinea-Bissau did pull a goal back in the 77th minute, as Balde slotted home at the far post after Ramahlwe Mphahlele was caught napping.
The hosts were awarded a penalty in the closing stages of the second half when Kekana was brought down in the box. Andile Jali stepped up and made no mistake from 12-yards out to round off a fine win.
Bafana will now face Angola in another international friendly on Tuesday.
Here’s how they lined up:
Bafana: Khune, Mphahlele, Hlatshwayo, Mathoho, Langerman, Dolly, Mokotjo, Furman, Zwane, Serero, Erasmus.
Guinea: Mabaye, Rudinilson, Soares Dabo, Lopes, Da Silva, Camara, Mendes Soares, Marinho Soares, Brito, Agostinho, Piqueti. -soccer Laduma