The foreign flavour clicked for
Back from the wilderness after his last game away to
Thulani Serero was hacked in the box by defender Rudinilson Silva, and France-based Erasmus coolly slotted past goalkeeper Papa Mabaye for his second senior goal in 12 appearances.
Immediately the heavens opened, and the rains fell almost like a blessing for the dawn of a new era.
Erasmus, who previously excused himself from the national side in frustration at being overlooked by former coach Ephraim Mashaba, was lively in leading the attack as the main forward, with support from another France-based player in midfielder Keagan Dolly and Thulani Serero, who is based in the
The other notable selection was that of another Dutch-based midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo, who controlled play in the centre of the park alongside regular starter Dean Furman.
Mokotjo’s return to the fold was dramatic in that he officially regained South African nationality the day before. Having had a fall-out with Mashaba over his non-selection, Mokotjo last year switched to Dutch citizenship.
He applied for a resumption of citizenship, which the Department of Home Affairs issued within a week.
Mashaba’s exit heralded a new era under caretaker coach Owen da Gama, who oversaw his second match since the latter was suspended in November and later dismissed.
It opened the way for the sidelined players who appeared eager to grab their opportunity as
Safa president Danny Jordaan and Cosafa chief Philip Chiyangwa were among the dignitaries who witnessed this refreshing showing by Bafana Bafana against a side that played at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in
Bafana Bafana - Guinea-Bissau 3-1: Match stats pic.twitter.com/W0YkjoUOGV
It wasn’t only the overseas-based stars who made an impact. Young Percy Tau of African champions Mamelodi Sundowns made his debut with a second-half goal.
Minutes after his introduction for Erasmus, the winger got booked, but made up for it with a curled strike beyond goalkeeper Mabaye in the 69th minute.
The “Wild Dogs” from West Africa hit back with Aldair Baldé scoring from close range 10 minutes later, but
Substitute midfielder Hlompho Kekana won a penalty, which was converted by Andile Jali, who earlier replaced Themba Zwane.
The latter had a solid outing in midfield and might have scored in the first period had his shot not taken a deflection before the goalie saved it.
On Tuesday night, Bafana Bafana host