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Bafana Bafana suffered a 2-1 loss to Zimbabwe in an international friendly on Tuesday night at the Orlando Stadium.

Goals from Knowledge Musona and Cuthbert Malajila and a last-gasp scorcher from Bernard Parker in the second half brought the game to live after a woeful first half.

It’s safe to say that the first half was a total non-match as either side lacked fluidity and finesse and were continuously misplacing passes, making poor decisions and ill-timed off the ball movements.

The one meaningful action in the first half was off the field through the injury-enforced substitution of Thulani Hlatshwayo for Tsepo Gumede three minutes before the break.

 The second half immediately sprung to life six minutes in when Kaizer Chiefs’s Musona handed the visitors the lead from a corner by Denver Mukamba with a delightful first-time volley.

It should have been two two minutes later but Musona’s club mate Kingston Nkhatha’s shot was tipped away by keeper Darren Keet after he was left unmarked.

University of Pretoria keeper Washington Arubi is then booked for time wasting five minutes later, as Bernard Parker missed a free-header for the host a minute later from a cross by substitute Gumede as they were searching hard and low for the equaliser.

Zim coach Ian Gorowa brought on Cuthbert Malajila and the Mamelodi Sundowns forward missed a glorious chance five minutes to full-time when he misdirected his effort across the face of Keet’s goal.

He was to get his name on the score-sheet though in  referee’s optional time when he along with Nkhatha sprung the offside trap to combine expertly for the game’s second.

Parker then scored his 18th international goal straight after the restart with a thunderous left-footer that cannoned of the up-right and into Arubi’s goal.

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