International Friendly: Lesotho 0 South Africa 2
South Africa earned a much-needed confidence boost ahead of the next round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers by beating Lesotho 2-0 on Sunday.
Two goals from from Tlou Segolela gave Gordon Igesund's men a comfortable victory against a Lesotho side who have taken just two points from their first three games in the second round of CAF qualification for the World Cup.
South Africa, who are second in their qualifying group, demonstrated their superior quality in the early stages, going close on a number of occasions through strikers Bernard Parker and Katlego Mashego.
Segolela and Oupa Manyisa both failed to capitalise on opportunities to put the visitors ahead, before Parker rattled the crossbar with a free-kick after 32 minutes and saw Mashego subsequently miss the target from the rebound.
Lesotho did briefly threaten towards the end of the half, Thulo Ranchobe and Litsepe Marabe both forcing saves from Wayne Sandilands, but it was South Africa who eventually grabbed a deserved lead right on half-time.
Segolela tapped in from point-blank range after good work down the left from Siphiwe Tshabalala to net his first ever goal for the national team.
And it did not take long for Segolela to double that advantage, the Orlando Pirates forward steering the ball into the bottom corner on the hour mark after Lesotho stopper Kholuoe Phasumane had spilled a cross from Daine Klate.
Substitute Kathelo Moleko hit the bar late on for the hosts, but that proved to be the only real scare for South Africa as they eased home to take a comfortable win.