24 September 17:58
"Only fools don't change their minds," Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos uttered when queried on his 23-man squad that included veteran Themba Zwane.
The 33-year-old ensured that his rare recall to the senior national setup reminded the Belgian-born Bafana mentor that age is nothing but a number.
And Mshishi - as he is affectionately known - did so emphatically as Bafana Bafana cruised to a 4-0 victory over Sierra Leone in an international friendly encounter at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
In a week where Broos had to put out several fires that included a blip in a stadium booking that was not set in stone, meaning Bafana missed out on a Monday training session. But his charges did the business at Soccer City against a Sierra Leone who are currently 113th on the latest FIFA rankings.
Zwane was thrown straight into the Bafana starting XI alongside debutants Luke Le Loux and Mihali Mayambela, as Broos had to amend his familiar selection with several injured players sidelined.
It took Zwane 33 minutes to find the back of the net, with a sweet twist of his body but still managing to pull the trigger as white shirts crowded him. The ball found the back of the net, and Zwane's famous smile beamed from ear to ear.
Along with Zwane, who put in a glittering performance, Mayambela was denied no less than three chances by Sierra Leone goalkeeper Mohamed Kamara.
However, early in the second stanza, Mayambela scored his deserved first goal finishing off a beautiful attacking move. Zwane threaded through a ball towards Zakhele Lepasa, who squared a mouthwatering assist for Mayambela to tap home.
Sierra Leone lost all sense of drive, and Bafana sniffed blood and took advantage. Hard-running Kgaogelo Sekgota, a player in tremendous form for club Kaizer Chiefs, brought his pace and energy to the game.
The player would get an assist to his name as his cross found Zwane, who easily slotted in his second of the match beyond Kamara's reach. After the third goal, Broos handed debuts to Khanyisa Mayo, Pule Mmodi, Melusi Buthelezi and Ashley Du Preez.
Mayo immediately impacted the game as he timely played in Lepasa, who teed up Aubrey Modiba, and the Mamelodi Sundowns defender knocked home the fourth and final goal of the day. It was a goal that brought further smiles to the Bafana bench, particularly coach Broos as he now shifts his focus to the next game.
Bafana will again be at FNB Stadium on Tuesday for their final friendly against Botswana before the end of the FIFA international break.
Kick-off is at 18:00.
24 September 16:50
86' Plenty of debutants in this fixture today: Le Roux, Mayambela, Mmodi, Mayo, Buthelezi and Du Preez.
A great sight to see!
24 September 16:46
83' There has been a couple of changes in the past three minutes as Broos relinquishes goalkeeper and captain Williams, Zwane and Lepasa.
Melusi Buthelezi, Teboho Mokoena and Ashley Du Preez get a taste of the action.
24 September 16:35
Mayo makes an immediate impact as he plays in Lepasa, who holds the ball up in a timely manner before squaring it into the path of an oncoming Modiba, who slots home Bafana's fourth goal on the night.
24 September 16:29
24 September 16:27
Sekgota leaps a searching cross from the left flank and Sierra Leone's poor defensive setup allows Zwane to snatch the ball off a white shirt from his first touch and with his second touch knocks it beyond Kamara to complete his brace.
24 September 16:24
54' Sierra Leone looks to have lost all sense of motivation for now as Bafana are seeing the majority of the ball possession.
24 September 16:11
Mayambela finally scores after several attempts in the first half.
Zwane slices a through ball towards Lepasa, who puts in a low but hard cross for an oncoming Mayamabela to tap home beyond Kamara's reach.
Tantalising football by Bafana in the opening minutes of the second stanza.
24 September 15:55
What an entertaining first half and Broos will certainly be impressed with a number of his players despite only the one goal scored.
However, Zwane proved Broos wrong, who admittedly said when announcing his squad that "only fools don't change their minds".
And Zwane's experience in the final third has now proved to be precious as his lone effort separate the two sides at half-time.
24 September 15:51
That was close for the debutant, who has been in the thick of things but Kamara again makes a great goalkeeping decision by coming off his line to glove the ball.
24 September 15:48
24 September 15:47
What a way to make your mark on this Bafana team and send a huge statement to Hugo Broos. Themba Zwane dazzles his way into the away sides penalty area and with ease, he loses his marker and ensures to bury his effort beyond Kamara's reach.
24 September 15:45
32' Mobbie cuts inside into Sierra Leone's penalty area and plays a low cross towards Lepasa, but Kamara again blocks and gloves the pass from finding its destination.
24 September 15:43
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24 September 15:28
17' SAVE! Straight from a set-piece, Modiba goes for goal and Sierra Leone's Kamara stretches and palms it to safety.
24 September 15:27
24 September 15:24
9' CHANCE! Zwane puts a good-looking cross into the danger area but it misses Lepasa. However, Sekgota is close to latching onto the ball but miss-timed the bounce and failed to capitalise on the opportunity.
24 September 15:18
24 September 14:59
24 September 14:20
Sierra Leone XI: Kamara; Kakay, Bangura, Koroma, Caulker, Sillah, Morsay, Quee, Bakayoko, Conteh, Kargbo.
24 September 14:18
Bafana Bafana XI: Williams (c); Mobbie, Sibisi, Maela, Modiba, Le Roux, Sithole, Sekgota, Zwane, Mayambela, Lepasa.
24 September 13:55
24 September 13:54
'My mother just cried': Du Preez relishing Bafana opportunity after years of dreaming
24 September 13:53
24 September 13:49
BAFANA BAFANA 23-MAN SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (Mamelodi Sundowns), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Melusi Buthelezi (TS Galaxy).
Defenders: Sydney Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), Rushin De Reuck, Khuliso Mudau, Aubrey Modiba (all Mamelodi Sundowns), Innocent Maela, Nkossinathi Sibisi (all Orlando Pirates), Siyanda Xulu, Siyanda Msani (Richards Bay).
Midfielders: Spephele Sithole (Belenenses, Portugal), Goodman Mosele (Orlando Pirates), Tebogo Mokoena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Luke Le Roux (Varbergs BoIS, Sweden), Sibongiseni Mthethwa (Stellenbosch FC).
Strikers: Zakhele Lepasa (Orlando Pirates), Khanyisa Mayo (Cape Town City), Ashley Du Preez (Kaizer Chiefs), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Pula Mmodi (Golden Arrows), Mihlali Mayambela (Aris Limassol), Kgaogelo Sekgota (Kaizer Chiefs).