Cape Town – An early goal from Andile Jali saw Bafana Bafana claim a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in an international friendly at the National Stadium in San Jose on Friday morning.


‘Los Ticos’, placed a full 31 positions higher than Bafana Bafana on FIFA’s world rankings, enjoyed the majority of possession but lacked a cutting edge in attack, while Shakes Mashaba’s side created the better scoring opportunities.

Itumeleng Khune, who was guilty of a major error which gifted a goal to Mauritania in South Africa’s 3-1 loss in an AFCON qualifier last month, handed Costa Rica a scoring opportunity in the third minute with a poor piece of distribution, but he quickly redeemed himself by saving from Joel Campbell.

After that early scare, Bafana settled down well and opened the scoring nine minutes into the match, with Andile Jali winning the ball in midfield before playing a one-two with Thulani Serero and chipping the ball past goalkeeper Keylor Navas for the second international goal of his career.