Zambia deny SA U23s victory

SA National Teams

South Africa played to a goalless draw with Zambia in their Africa under-23 Cup of Nations Group B opener on Saturday evening.

David Notoane was unable to put out his strongest eleven as the likes of Luther Singh, Lyle Foster, Teboho Mokoena and Sipho Mbule were still involved for their respective clubs.

Decent play from the South Africans four minutes from kickoff had Keagan Johanes dribbling clear to send in a cross for Happy Mashiane, but the defence smothered the attempt.

After a few scary moments from the Zambians, the young Bafana launched a response 12 minutes gone through Kodisang who fired wide from outside the box.

The South Africans continued probing thereafter through shots in and around the area however the Zambians showcased resilience to withstand all threats thrown their way.

Kodisang was at the heart of another South African move moments before the break, but was put off by the Zambian defence who blocked the attempt.

Five minutes after halftime, the former Bidvest Wits man threatened again after pulling inside the area before firing wide amidst three defenders around his waist.

Notoane made the first change of the match following the 56th minute, as Thabiso Monyane entered for Mashiane in a straight swap.

Just as the first half, Notoane’s charges did all the probing following the second stanza and had Itumleng Shopane and Monyane missing guilt-edge chances five minutes apart.

Neither side found the breakthrough afterwards despite the number of chances particularly from the South Africans, bringing the clash to a close in the end.