Bafana Bafana got their World Cup preparations back on track with a 2-0 win over Jamaica at at Kickers Offenbach Stadium on Wednesday.
Veterans Surprise Moriri and Siyabonga Nomvete both scored as the World Cup hosts ended their goal drought and gave South African fans something to celebrate with just over a month to go before the tournament kicks off.
Bafana had scored just five goals in six matches since coach Carlos Alberto Parreira returned to SA for a second spell in charge of the team and it had become a cause of great concern for the Brazilian.
He would have been happy to see that it was the veterans who led the way on Wednesday. Moriri opened the scoring after a goal-less first half when he took advantage of some sloppy defending to score in the 51st minute.
Nomvete, who was making his first appearance for the team in over three years, added the second five minutes later when he he ran on to a pass from fellow substitute Andile Jali and slammed the ball wide of goalkeeper Dwayne Kerr into the net.
South Africa made just one change from the team held 0-0 by fellow qualifiers North Korea in Frankfurt last week with Siboniso Gaxa replacing Thabo Nthethe at rightback.
Jamaica arrived in Germany via the United States just 10 hours before the kick-off with a squad of local players and San Jose Earthquakes striker Ryan Johnson.
But while the win will go a long way in restoring faith in the team, it was far from a dominant performance from the South Africans. Jamaica came close to scoring twice in the first half as some poor marking from Bafana almost let them down again.
On the whole, however, Parreira will have been happy with the result, particularly with Nomvete, who repaid the wily Brazilian?s decision to bring him back in from the cold.
Nomvete, a favourite of the local media as well, showed he still has the scoring touch and that is something Bafana Bafana are in desperate need of as they head into the World Cup in June.