The South African under-23 squad will face a difficult task in qualifying for the 2004 Olympics after only managing a 2-1 win over Kenya in a qualifying match at the Soweto Stadium on Saturday.
Amaglugglug made life difficult for themselves against the makeshift opposition, who were missing a number of regulars.
The crucial away goal means that the South Africans will now travel to Nairobi hoping for the draw that will see them through to Athens next year.
But the game started brightly for the home side, who opened the scoring through Mabhuti Khanyeza in the 10th minute.
The Golden Arrows striker capatlised on debutant Manqoba Ngwenyas pinpoint cross to head past Oduor Wilson.
They doubled their lead in the 31st minute when Thando Mngomeni blasted home a freekick after Joseph Makhanya was brought down outside the box.
However, the hosts seemed to take their foot of the gas in the second half and Kenya duly took advantage by scoring what could prove a vital goal through Malenya Collins Tiego.