South Africa are preparing for their World Cup qualifier against Angola with a tour in Central America, playing in an international friendly against Costa Rica at the Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Briceño on Friday 4am.
Early on goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune denied Costa Rica and former Arsenal striker Joe Campbell with a great low save.
Bafana’s goal came as early as the ninth minute from Andile Jali, assisted by Thulani Serero. Jali hit it past Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the Costa Rica goal.
Serero could’ve made it 2-0 six minutes later when he got into the box, but shot over the bar.
Home forward Carlos Urenya outran SA defender Rivaldo Coetzee thereafter, forcing Khune into a fine save on the quarter hour.
After 55 minutes in the second half Serero troubled Costa Rica again, but denied by Navas from close range.
In the 62nd minute, Costa Rica striker Urenya turned his marker on the edge of the Bafana box, and unleashed a low shot which was deflected out for a corner-kick.
Four minutes later, Urenya got through again, and forced Khune into another stop.
Sibusiso Vilakazi had to be sacrificed for defensive midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo, and then Thulani Hlatshwayo for George Lebese.
This successfully closed down Costa Rica and made sure of a win that will lift South Africa.