Ryan Moon helped South Africa beat Botswana 2-0 in the first leg of a 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier. It was the Glamour Boy’s first game for Bafana Bafana.
The match was played at Botswana’s Francistown Stadium on Saturday, 15 July 2017.
The 20-year-old nicely slotted the ball past the Botswana goal in the 28th minute.
Thanks to scoring on debut, Moon joins the company of, for example, Doctor Khumalo, Phil Masinga, the late John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu, Katlego Mphela, Gardner Seale and Jabu Pulu (Mahlangu). They all found the back of the net at their first South African national team cap.
The talented goal poacher joined Kaizer Chiefs from Maritzburg United at the beginning of the 2016/2017 season.
Moon made his Amakhosi debut on 23 November 2016, when coming on in the 87th minute for Edmore Chirambadare. His first goal wearing the Gold and Black jersey came on 6 May 2017, when the attacker netted in the 77th minute against Golden Arrows.
The Pietermaritzburg-born started last season in one match for Chiefs, while coming on five times as a substitute, scoring once.
Moon also played last season for Amakhosi in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC), starting in nine games, coming on once and scoring twice.
South Africa and Botswana will meet in the second leg at the Moruleng Stadium on Saturday, 22 July 2017 (kick-off is at 15:00).
South Africa’s line-up against Botswana: Boalefa Pule (GK), Siyabonga Nhlapo, Tercious Malepe, Mario Booysen (C), Mothobi Mvala, Riyaad Norodien (Malebogo Modise 81’ – Sphelele Ntshangase 88’), Teboho Mokoena, Sibusiso Khumalo, Cole Alexander, Ryan Moon (Jamie Webber 65’), Gift Motupa.