Lesotho 3-2 South Africa: Likuena stun youthful Bafana Bafana in 2020 Chan qualifier
Tercious Malepe, South Africa, June 2019
Bafana went into the encounter undefeated in nine matches against Likuena, but they were stunned by Leslie Notsi's men

Lesotho secured their first-ever victory over South Africa when they emerged 3-2 winners in a 2020 African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier on Sunday afternoon.

Likuena and Bafana Bafana clashed after they were exempted from the first round of qualifying.

Goals from Tsepo Seturumane, Makara Ntaitsane and Lehlohonolo Fothoane handed Likuena a historic victory over Bafana, who netted through Tecious Malepe and Luvuyo Phewa on the day.

The hosts got off to the perfect start as they broke the deadlock just five minutes into the encounter through Seturumane.

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The 27-year-old striker beat Maritzburg United goalkeeper Bongani Mpandle in the South Africa goal to make it 1-0 to Lesotho.

South Africa had to find a way to respond with a goal, but they were frustrated by the Lesotho defence.

Bafana's Chan team coach David Notoane then withdrew Zama Rambuwane and introduced Bongokuhle Hlongwane.

South Africa did restore parity after they were awarded a penalty which was converted by captain Malepe just before half-time.

The two teams were locked at 1-1 at the interval.

The visitors threatened first after the restart through South Africa under-23 midfielder Athenkosi Dladla's powerful free-kick, which narrowly missed the target.

However, Likuena grew in confidence as the second half progressed and they were awarded a penalty after Malepe was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.

Makara Ntaitsane then stepped up and beat Mpandle from the spot-kick to make it 2-1 to Lesotho, much to the delight of the home crowd.

Notoane responded by introducing Phewa as the visitors looked to grab a late equalising goal.

The South Africa under-20 international made an immediate impact as he scored to make it 2-2 after being set-up by Kamohelo Mahlatsi with five minutes left.

However, the Bafana defence went to sleep in the dying minutes of the game and they were punished by Fothoane.

The 22-year-old player grabbed a late winning goal in the 89th minute to seal Lesotho's 3-2 win over South Africa. 

The second-leg encounter is scheduled to be played at the Dobsonville Stadium in South Africa on Sunday, August 4.

The winner on aggregate between the two teams will take on either Mauritius or Zimbabwe in the final round of qualifying in September and October.