Bafana ease past Swaziland
Reneilwe Letsholonyanye (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana will head into their friendly international against world champions Spain brimming with confidence, following a comfortable 3-0 friendly victory over Swaziland at the National Stadium in Mbabane, Swaziland on Friday.
South Africa host the 2010 Fifa World Cup winners on Tuesday in Johannesburg, and goals from Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bongani Zungu and Thabo Nthethe gave the South African coaching staff plenty of reason to be cheerful before the encounter at FNB Stadium.
A quiet opening half saw little in the form of chances in front of goal, with Bafana enjoying the lion's share of possession, but failing in their attempts to hit the target.
The visitors wasted little time after the interval, however, and just two minutes in, Letsholonyane poked home the opener.
Zungu slid a delicate pass past the Swaziland defence, into the path of an advancing Letsholonyane, who danced his way into the area and converted from close range.
Having conceded their first, Swaziland seemed to switch off and not even a minute later, Zungu turned goal-scorer, when he beat the last line of defence, before rounding the goalkeeper and calmly passing the ball into the net.
At the other end, Meyiwa made a superb diving stop to deny Swaziland, after Phinda Dlamini thundered an effort goalwards, but saw his shot palmed away by the Orlando Pirates shot-stopper.
The visitors were dominating and, with their tails up, added the third after the hour mark, as Nthethe turned on the ball following a free-kick, launched a well-timed volley and put the result to rest with 25 minutes left to play.