The attendance was so poor that, excluding stadium staff and dignitaries, not more than 500 seats were occupied.
Banyana retained the ball brilliantly as usual, with Refiloe Jane and Motlhalo the orchestrators in midfield. However, SA's brilliant interplay too often failed to culminate in something that could have unsettled the Zambian rearguard as Banyana fail to make box entries.
It was Shepolopolo who enjoyed more entries into the penalty area in the first half with skipper Grace Chanda using her pace to terrorise Dlamini's right side. Noko Matlou and Bambanani Mbane used their experience to clean up, forcing the Zambian attackers into rushing their final pass or finish.
Seconds past the hour-mark, Abebe awarded Banyana a penalty after Noxolo Cesane was brought down, but quickly changed her decision to a free-kick instead after a VAR intervention. Seoposenwe saw her resultant set-piece deflected for a corner.
* Sihle Ndebele is in Morocco courtesy of Sasol