South Africa stretched their winning run to three matches with a 2-1 friendly victory over Ghana.
Substitute Bernard Parker, whose form has earned him a trial at Swedish club Malmo, headed a 78th-minute winner after Yaw Antwi put the Black Stars ahead and Benni McCarthy levelled within 60 seconds late in the first half. The result confirmed 2010 FIFA World Cup™ venue Vodacom Park as a lucky ground for automatic qualifiers Bafana Bafana, who maintained a 100 per cent record from five international games staged in the central city.
South Africa fielded a near full-strength team while Ghana started with only Harrison Afful and Daniel Yeboah from the side that comfortably overcame Lesotho in a FIFA World Cup qualifier last weekend. Recently appointed Serb coach Milovan Rajevac will brush off the reverse by pointing to the absence of stars like defender John Mensah, midfielders Sulley Muntari, Stephen Appiah and Michael Essien and striker Junior Agogo.
However, for South Africa counterpart Joel Santana, any victory will do after a disastrous start to his Bafana reign of one win in five 2010 FIFA World Cup-CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and their second-round elimination.
South Africa dominated possession without causing much anxiety for Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda during a largely uneventful first half. While several South Africans argued over a corner they claimed should have been awarded, Ghana broke away to snatch the lead as recalled goalkeeper Brian Baloyi spilled a cross and Antwi tapped the ball home.
However, Blackburn striker and leading Bafana scorer McCarthy claimed his 31st goal with a clinical close-range shot after Teko Modise headed a long cross into his path. Parker, scorer of two goals in a handsome friendly win over Malawi last month, settled the outcome by meeting a corner at the near post and heading it across Dauda into the far corner.