Africa Cup champions Zambia win Mandela Challenge

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Africa Cup champions Zambia win Mandela Challenge
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Zambia's Collins Mbesuma, pictured in January 2012. Zambia beat South Africa 1-0 in a friendly in Soweto …

Zambia beat South Africa 1-0 in a friendly in Soweto Wednesday to add the Nelson Mandela Cup to the Africa Cup of Nations trophy they won earlier this year.

Collins Mbesuma hit the only goal of the match, scoring in the 64th minute.

The match, which comes just over two months before the kick-off of the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations being hosted by South Africa, was played out in front of just under 17,000 spectators in the 95,000-seater FNB Stadium, better known as Soccer City, where the 2010 World Cup final was played.

South Africa were the stronger team for much of the match, dominating possession but failing to take their chances.

South African midfielder Thuso Phala came closest to equalising but his excellent 74th minute effort was tipped over the bar by Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.

The teams played on a pitch just barely recovered from a concert by American rock group Linkin Park last Saturday.

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