Bafana Bafana face Zambia on Sunday in an international friendly but with plenty to prove.
Thibang Phete, Siyethemba Sithebe and Thabo Nodada were all given their debuts against the country’s northern neighbours but only Luther Singh and Keagan Dolly left the 1-1 draw with any padding to their CVs.
The weekend’s clash should see Thulani Hatshwayo and Percy Tau given starts after their somewhat shock omission in the first match of the international window.
The opposition enjoyed a 1-0 win over Malawi and face Kenya on Friday before jetting into South Africa.
Coach Micho Sredojevic will arrive in the country without Justin Shonga and the recently-released Augustine Mulenga while Kaizer Chiefs’ Lazarous Kambole was another Zambian overlooked. SuperSport United forward Ghampani Lungu did however make the grade.
Zambia have also lined up matches against Orlando Pirates – Sredojevic ’s former club – and against the reigning PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
South Africa will desperately need to improve in this contest after their dull draw against Namibia. A poor showing against Zambia will leave Bafana mentor Molefi Ntseki scrambling ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sao Tome and Principe. Those crucial matches are scheduled for 13 and 16 November.
A reminder of how Bafana Bafana lined up against Nambia:
Bafana Bafana: Williams, Mobara, Maela, Phete, Lebusa, Mvala, Sithebe, Nodada, Dolly, Singh, Erasmus
Subs: Goss, Hlanti, Madisha, Frosler, Mokoena, Shitolo, Kutumela, Foster, Tau
The match in Rustenburg kicks off at 3pm.