NOW Bafana Bafana, just like Nigeria before them, know that this won’t be a stroll in the park.

South Africa slumped to a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Rwanda in a 2026 World Cup qualifier at the Huye Stadium yesterday.

This was the same stadium where Zimbabwe were unlucky not to win their drawn match against Nigeria on Sunday, with the Warriors wasting three gilt-edged chances late in the game.

Bafana’s defeat brought an abrupt end to their 12-match unbeaten streak.

Goals from Innocent Nshuti and Gilbert Mugisha were enough for Rwanda, who have played their opening two matches at home, to pick their first win.

They now have four points after a goalless draw against Zimbabwe.

To their credit, the Warriors conceded just one goal, in two matches, at the same stadium, where the playing conditions are not good, while Bafana Bafana conceded twice in just 45 minutes, yesterday.

South Africa came into this match 12 games unbeaten under the tutelage of the Belgian mentor, Hugo Broos.

The Huye Stadium was in bad shape following rain.

Injuries forced Bafana to call in Nkosinathi Sibisi for Mothobi Mvala whereas Orlando Pirates striker Evidence Makgopa dropped out for Mihlali Mayambela, who came off the bench against Benin.

Bafana were behind on 10 minutes as Sibisi misjudged the flight of a high ball, leaving Innocent Nshuti to take aim and race down to find the back of the net.

The tails were up on the side of the Amavubi, who caused the South Africans more problems with a number of balls in behind as well as the wider channels of the field.

Rwanda extended their lead around the half-hour mark after a defensive error from Khuliso Mudau saw Gilbert Mugisha capitalise and side-footed past goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.

The defeat sees Bafana drop to second spot in Group C after being leapfrogged by Rwanda, who have four points after the first two matches.

Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Lesotho have two points each in what is a very tight group. – Sports Reporter/Agencies.

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