A makeshift Zambia side on Tuesday night came from behind to down Bafana Bafana 2-1 away at Moruleng Stadium in the North West Province of South Africa in an international friendly.
The Zambia team comprising of domestic league players, who were not part of Saturday’s 2019 AFCON qualifiers 1-0 home loss to Mozambique, battled from 1-0 down at halftime to beat Bafana.
Bafana also fielded a second string team that was on the bench in their 2-0 AFCON qualifying away win over Nigeria on Saturday with the expectation of French-based striker Kermit Erasmus of Lens and midfielder Andile Jali from Belgian club KV Oostende.
Meanwhile, South Africa took a 1-0 half time lead through Lebogang Manyama who headed in Erasmus’ cross in the 22nd minute.
Power Dynamos midfielder Godfrey Ngwenya almost equalized before the break but his free kick went inches wide of the post.
Zambia pressured and equalized in the 72nd minute through Green Buffaloes striker Brian Mwila.
Red Arrows forward Lubinda Munda sealed the win seven minutes later following some poor defending by Bafana.
But Power goalkeeper Allan Chibwe also kept Zambia in the game when he denied Manyama a brace in the 76th minute before stopping Percy Tau’s attempt in the near post in the 86th minute.
Nyirenda triumph ended his winless drought in 2017 after two scoreless away draws in friendlies against Zimbabwe on March 26 in Harare and Gabon on June 4 in Libreville before that home loss to Mozambique on June 10 in Ndola.