Winning debuts for South Africa, Uganda coaches

Johannesburg (AFP) – South Africa and Uganda won general friendlies Sunday to give new coaches Molefi Ntseki and Northern Ireland-born Johnny McKinstry successful debuts.

Goals from Dean Furman and Themba Zwane warranted South Africa a 2-1 home feat in Port Elizabeth over Mali, who were blank many stars, including Southampton brazen Moussa Djenepo.

It was a initial compare for Bafana Bafana (The Boys) given xenophobic attacks on African immigrants in South Africa final month led Zambia and Madagascar to cancel friendlies.

McKinstry guided Uganda to a 1-0 divided win over Ethiopia in Bahir Dar with long-serving Emmanuel Okwi scoring a usually idea mid by a initial half.

This is a third inhabitant manager post for a Irishman, who took assign of Sierra Leone in 2013 when usually 27 years aged and was after hired by Rwanda.

In other matches, there were divided victories for Mozambique over Kenya and a Central African Republic over Niger while a Ivory Coast degraded a Democratic Republic of Congo in France.

Benin during home and Malawi divided snatched late draws opposite Zambia and Lesotho respectively and Togo came from behind to reason Equatorial Guinea in France.

Ntseki was a argumentative choice to attain English manager Stuart Baxter after South Africa exited a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in a quarter-finals.

He had never been a conduct manager during comparison turn and critics purported his appointment had some-more to do with a cash-strapped inhabitant football organisation wanting a “cheap” replacement.

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But Ntseki insists he is adult to a charge with his evident idea being to grasp a top-two finish in a 2021 Cup of Nations subordinate organisation including Ghana, Sudan and Sao Tome e Principe and reaching a finals.

South Africa tranquil many of a compare opposite Mali, though a 75th-minute idea from Sekou Koita for a visitors combined a moving finish.

Judgment on Ntseki will have to be behind as Mali lacked many of a players who took them to a final 16 of a Cup of Nations in Egypt this year.

The 1-0 win for Mozambique over Kenya in Nairobi was a warn with a usually idea entrance from Amansio Canhembe mid by a second half.

Justin Shonga twice gave Zambia a lead opposite Benin in Porto Novo, though Michel Pote salvaged a 2-2 pull for a home side with a stoppage-time goal.

Malawi left it roughly as late to rescue a 1-1 pull divided to Lesotho in Maseru with Hassan Kajoke scoring dual mins from time after Hlompho Kalake had put a home group ahead.

Record seven-time African champions Egypt horde Botswana Monday and 2019 Cup of Nations winners Algeria accommodate Colombia in France Tuesday as a six-day friendlies report continues.

The matches are being used to ready teams for a initial dual rounds of subordinate during Nov for a 2021 Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

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