JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 14, Zambian players celebrates during the Nelson Mandela Challenge match between South Africa and Zambia at Soccer City Complex on November 14, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa Photo by Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

Johannesburg – Football Association of Zambia president Kalusha Bwalya says the African champions have accepted an apology from South African officials over the stoning of their team bus following an international friendly in Johannesburg.

Bwalya on Friday said: “Let us put this incident behind us for the good of football.”

Two Zambian players were hurt when two youths threw stones at the bus as it left Soccer City stadium in Soweto following a 1-0 win over South Africa on Wednesday. Goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene needed stiches in his head after bus windows were shattered.

Police apprehended the boys, aged 12 and 13, who were released for counselling.

South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani apologised for the “embarrassing behaviour” ahead of the country's hosting of the African Cup of Nations early next year. – Sapa-AP