South Africa were held 1-1 by Ethiopia and Zimbabwe lost 1-0 to Guinea Sunday in home 2014 World Cup qualifiers on a dismal day for countries from the south of the continent.
Salahdin Said gave the impressive Ethiopians the lead before half-time at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in north-west mining town Rustenburg, which they held until late in the second half when Katlego Mphela levelled.
Ibrahima Traore fired a first-half free kick into the top corner of the net at the National Stadium in Harare to get the Guinean campaign off to a great start ahead of a home clash with Egypt next weekend.
South African supporters joke that the only way Bafana Bafana (The Boys) can play in a major tournament is by staging it and the 2010 World Cup hosts looked far from a team capable of reaching the next finals in Brazil.
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