Mbesuma strike downs Bafana Bafana

November 15, 2012, 2:40 am

Collins Mbesuma's 64th minute strike proved decisive as Zambia defeated hosts South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge played at Soccer City as the Chipolopolo showed glimpses of performances that made them champions of Africa early this year.

Bafana Bafana were purposeful in the opening exchanges and Ricardo Nunes forced a good save out of Kennedy Mweene for what was the first shot on target for either side.

At the other end, Isaac Chansa and Jacob Mulenga came closest to scoring for the Chipolopolo. Chansa run with the ball from the centre line going past a maze of defenders before unleashing a shot which Khune easily saved on 13 miuntes.

Four minutes later, Jacob Mulenga's curled in a brilliant free kick which went wide of the left side upright by a few inches.

Jacob Mulenga had another go for the target with a glancing header which was well saved by Khune in the 34th minute as the two sides went in at the break goalless.

South Africa stated the second half with purpose but it was the Chipolopolo who continued to dominate the proceedings.

With 20 minutes of the second half played, following some patient build up, second-half substitute Mukuka Mulenga found a pass to Collins Mbesuma who did not disappoint with his finish. Mbesuma brilliantly controlled the ball before unleashing a thunderbolt that left Khune flat footed into the top right of corner of the net.

James Chamanga could have added a second minutes after replacing Emmanuel Mayuka but he did not react quickly enough to get at the end of Emmanuel Mbola's cross from the left.

The hosts had chances of their own too. Thuso Phala's shot was tipped over the bar by Mweene and Kermit Erasmus was let down by his final touch as he failed to direct his effort on goal with Kennedy Mweene nowhere near the ball or the goal post.

African Champion coach Herve Renard told fazfootball.com that he was happy to bring his boys to the stadium where they are expected to play the final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

"It was good to have the feel of the stadium because this is where we will play in the final of the 2013 Afcon," said Renard in a post match interview.

Courtesy Football Association on Zamibia