Johannesburg -South Africa cruised to a 3-0 victory in Sudan Friday as the group phase of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying competition kicked off.
It was a dream start for new coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba in Group A as his new-look, youthful side gradually took control against a woeful home side in sweltering Omdurman.
Substitute Sibusiso Vilakazi scored twice within seven minutes early in the second half at the El-Merrikh Stadium and Bongani Ndulula added a late third goal.
It was a record-equalling away win for Bafana Bafana (The Boys) in an Africa Cup qualifier having beaten Chad by the same score in a 2008 eliminator.
And it was a record Nations Cup home defeat in a qualifier for the Jediane Falcons, whose worst previous results were two-goal losses to Ghana (twice), Algeria and Ivory Coast.
The highlights of a scrappy opening half before a large crowd were acrobatic saves by the rival goalkeepers and captains Moez Mahjoub and Senzo Meyiwa.
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Although Sudan won more possession, the miss of the opening half came from South African Tokelo Rantie, who shot wide from close range after Mahjoub failed to grasp a cross.
A half-time tongue lashing from Mashaba had the desired effect and Vilakazi broke the deadlock on 55 minutes by poking into the net a loose ball after a corner was not cleared.
Slick, short passes carved open the Sudanese defence after 61 minutes and 2014 South African Footballer of the Year Vilakazi beat Mahjoub with a fierce close-range shot.
Ndulula tapped the ball into the net from inside the six-yard box on 79 minutes and the closest Sudan came to a consolation goal was a Mohamed Tahir header that rebounded off the post.
Defending champions Nigeria and Congo Brazzaville, the other teams in the group, clash Saturday in Calabar.