South Africa on Wednesday defeated Angola 2-0 in a Group A second round game of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The host had managed a goalless draw in the opening game against a resillient Cape Verde side. Goals from Siyabonga Sangweni and Lehlohonolo Majoro in both halves secured victory for South Africa.
Angola showed they meant business, and made the first attempt when Mateus’ shot was parried away by South Africa goalkeeper Khume with just two minutes into the game.
Rantie had a chance in the 16th minute, but his over-ambitious left foot shot was not on target.
Bafana then broke the deadlock when Siyabonga Sangweni’s shot went
past Angola’s goalkeeper to record their first goal of the championship in the 29th minute.
Angola almost equalised two minutes later, but Manucho’s header was inched away.
After the break, Angola intensified their pursuit for an equaliser, as South Africa sought to extend their lead.
Rantie was pulled off for Lehlohonolo Majoro after 13 minutes into the second half with South Africa now playing better on the offensive.
With less than five minutes on the pitch, Majoro was on the counter, and took on two defenders before slotting the ball past Angola goalkeeper to double South Africa lead in the 61st minute.
Angola pilled pressure on South Africa in the 72nd minute, but all their efforts were fruitless.
South Africa were professional enough to handle all threats from Angola to record their first win in nine games.