Zambia kicked off 2015 with a sour defeat after losing 1-0 in their Southern Africa derby away friendly to Bafana Bafana played at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.
Bafana scored the winning goal in the 80th minute through substitute Thuso Phala who found the target from close-range to beat Daniel Munyao who had replaced the injured Kennedy Mweene in the 46th minute.
Phala found the target just seven minutes after replacing Mandla Masango.
Zambia’s best chance came in the 75th minute when Zesco striker Jackson Mwanza fired his effort high from close range.
Mwanza came on for Emmanuel Mayuka in the 46th minute.
And Munyao also saved Zambia’s blushes in 62st minute when the Red Arrows goalkeeper deflected defender Anele Ngcongca’s effort over the bar.
Meanwhile the defeat ended Zambia coach Honour Janza’s five-match unbeaten run of three wins and two defeats since losing 2-1 away to Cape Verde on September 10 in a 2015 Africa Cup Group F qualifier.
Zambia lineup: Mweene (Munyau 45), Sunzu (Munthali 55), Nkausu, Kondwani, Sinkala (Sautu 88″),R.Kabwe, Lubambo (Mukuka 68″), Kalaba, Mayuka (J.Mwanza 45″), Singuluma, Chisamba (Chamanga 57″)