Black Stars World Cup qualifiers opponents South Africa beats Uganda in friendly

Published on: 10 June 2021

South Africa, Ghana's opponent in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, played on Thursday at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

After the world cup qualifiers scheduled for this month were postponed, the Bafana Bafana played the Cranes of Uganda in a friendly match.

Rushine De Reuck, Denwin Farmer, Sibusiso Mabiliso, Nkosinathi Sibisi, Craig Martin, Ethan Brooks, Sphelele Mkhulise, and Bongokuhle Hlongwane all made their international debuts, with Ronwen Williams acting as captain.

South Africa won 3-2 against Uganda, with goals from Evidence Makgopa who scored two goals and Bongokuhle Hlongwane, while Uganda's goals came from Ibrahim Orit and Lumala Abdu.

Due to the absence of newly hired coach Hugo Broos and Cedomir Janevski's after they tested positive for the coronavirus, the latter was replaced on the South African bench by Helman Mkhalele.

With a younger team, the South Africans were far from convincing throughout the game, but they were able to hang on for the victory after gaining the lead.