After humiliating Nigeria in an Afcon Qualifier in Uyo, the South Africa men’s national football team has done it again.
Bafana Bafana came away with a more-than creditable 2-0 win from the first leg of their African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier against Botswana in Francistown on Saturday.
Kaizer Chiefs’ debutant 20-year-old striker Ryan Moon gave the South Africans the lead in the 28th minute.
Gift Motupa made it 2-0 as he finished from a Cole Alexander assist in the 72nd.
Gift Motupa is a South African football player who plays for the Orlando Pirates.
Stuart Baxter seems to be doing a great job and he is very much interested in young talents. He handed out three new caps in his starting line-up. Moon, SuperSport United’s South Africa Under-20 international Teboho Mokoena, and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Sibusiso Khumalo made their debuts.
Sundowns youth player Malebogo Modise was a fourth debutant as a substitute near the end, though he was in turn substituted off injured by Siphelele Ntshangase a few minutes later.
The Chan, Caf’s tournament for local-based players, has been set aside as a developmental tournament by Safa, with the ‘senior’ team focusing on qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and 2018 World Cup.
The return leg is at Moruleng Stadium on Saturday.