Following a stuttering start in the first half, they scored twice in an aggressive second to end a 25-year hoodoo.
Here is how each South African player fared in this Group E 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier…
Itumeleng Khune – 6/10
The Bafana goalkeeper didn’t have much to do despite
Mulomowandau Mathoho – 7/10
Mostly compact at the rearguard, although concerns that Bafana would have cracked had
Thulani Hlatshwayo – 7/10
He, too, marshalled the defence like a true skipper. ‘Tyson’ was often quick on the ball and frustrated
Ramahlwe Mphahlele – 5/10
Was given a tough time by Iwobi in the first half, with balls being lobbed over him and he had to chase the skilful Arsenal attacker. Struggled to use the acres of spaces given to him on the right when he overlapped, cluttering into his challenger on few occasions. But he found his footing in the second half and was responsible for setting up Tokelo Rantie to score the opening goal of the match.
Tebogo Langerman – 4/10
Not his best game in a Bafana shirt, but being part of a back-four that kept a clean sheet covered up his average performance. Managed to go on a few surges forward, one of which could have led to a goal when his cross was fumbled by goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, the ball falling to Themba Zwane, whose shot came off the post.
Dean Furman – 8/10
Helped win the midfield battle and cut off
Bongani Zungu – 8/10
In the end, it was he who partnered Furman in central midfield to deal with the
Keagan Dolly – 6/10
A bit of a quiet game, but he put in a proper shift in tracking back when Bafana didn’t have the ball, and building the transition when they did. The game plan to punish
Themba Zwane – 8/10
Would have been remembered and scolded for hitting the post twice in either half had Bafana lost. Those two misses aside, he showed yet again why he has improved as a player – from being an unused sub in three of the national team’s Africa Cup of Nations group matches in
Sibusiso Vilakazi – 4/10
His selection was a surprise in the first place, and he probably would have started on the bench if Kermit Erasmus was fit. Had good link-up plays and held the ball well now and again. It’s possible that he followed the game plan, but didn’t stand out.
Tokelo Rantie – 7/10
No way he could have been average. Played most of the first half with his back to goal, and therefore wasn’t as effective as he is known to be. The second half was a different ball-game, however, as he was able to peel away from defenders and eventually broke the deadlock in the 54th minute with a headed goal, his third in as many games against
Lebogang Manyama – 5/10
Came off the bench to replace Vilakazi, and looked lively and slightly more effective. Had a chance late in the game to add to the tally after some nifty footwork in the build-up, but skied his shot over the bar.
Percy Tau – 5/10
Played the super-sub role again with aplomb. Barely moments after he’d come on, Tau received a pass from Dolly and, because he was already keeping a high line, beat the offside trap as well as rounded the keeper to make it 2-0.
Tiyani Mabunda – Not on the pitch long enough for a rating, but was clearly thrown in to protect the lead and help tighten the midfield.IOL Sport