South Africa vs Uganda

South Africa’s friendly match against the Cranes at home on Thursday marks the start of the Hugo Broos era. The two teams have met three times since their first encounter in 2004

South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and the Cranes of Uganda are set to start their preparations for the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers when they meet in an international friendly match on Thursday.

With Bafana scheduled to play host to the Cranes at the 2010 FIFA World Cup training venue, Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.

Uganda welcomed South Africa at Mandela National Stadium in the 2006 Fifa World Cup qualifier (Group 2) on October 10, 2004.

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The Cranes were able to contain the 1996 African champions in the first half, but they conceded a penalty after Tyren Arendse was fouled just after the hour-mark.

Benni McCarthy then stepped up and beat goalkeeper Postnet Omony from the spot-kick to hand Bafana a 1-0 lead.

Hakim Magumba had a chance to snatch a late equalizing goal for the hosts, but he was denied by keeper Hans Vonk, who ensured that South Africa emerged 1-0 winners. 

Their next meeting was in another 2006 Fifa World Cup qualifier (Group 2) with South Africa being the hosts at the iconic, FNB Stadium on March 26, 2005.

Bafana applied some pressure on the Cranes and they were awarded a penalty following a goal-mouth scrambling with one of the Ugandan defenders adjudged to have handled the ball.

Quinton Fortune made no mistake from the penalty spot as he hit the back of the net to hand South Africa a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute and the home side was leading at the interval.

South Africa vs Uganda

The Cranes surged forward after the restart and they were awarded a penalty after Nasief Morris had fouled Suleiman Tenywa in the box and David Obua scored from the spot-kick to make it 1-1 in the 63rd minute.

The two teams then pushed for the winning goal and it was Steven Pienaar who grabbed a late goal to hand South Africa a 2-1 win after he controlled a cross from Delron Buckley, before scoring with 19 minutes left.