The Chipolopolo boys ended South Africa’s 18-match unbeaten run after they came from behind to beat the hosts 2-1 in an international friendly match played at the Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on Tuesday.
A Lebohang Manyama header had put Bafana Bafana ahead on 22 minutes after Kermit Erasmus had crossed in to put Zambia ahead.
Coach Stuart Baxter had fielded a strong side that had come on the back of winning an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria while Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda had a makeshift side to look for redemption after Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Mozambique.
Zambia levelled matters in the 72nd minute through Green Buffaloes striker Brian Mwila who unleashed a ferocious shot that left Ronwen Williams stunned in goal.
Red Arrows striker Lubinda Mundia made it 2-1 in the 80th minute to hand Coach Wedson Nyirenda his first win as Chipolopolo head coach.
Nyirenda was using the match as part of his preparation for the Cosafa Castle Cup Senior Challenge that kicks off on June 25 although Zambia joins the party on July 1 with a match against Botswana.
Zambia also has two African Nations Championship ties against Swaziland on July 15 and 22 before the final qualifying round where either South Africa or Botswana await.