Cameroon and South Africa were meant to beat the minnows and then battle it out.
Bafana has what it takes to win but their technical team is ignoring the finer points of their game.
The small country has managed to pull off hosting the Africa Nations Cup with only two months' preparation time.
"Overall, we played well but we didn't find our strikers," said Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala.
Bafana Bafana expects all their overseas-based players to join the rest of the squad on Monday ahead of the weekend's Africa Nations Cup.
Mali moved closer to joining Nigeria in the final round of African World Cup qualifying on Sunday, while South Africa continued to struggle.