South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was happy with what he saw from his side during the 1-1 draw with Bulgaria.
The World Cup hosts opened the scoring through Thanduyise Khuboni but Valeri Bojinov handed Bulgaria, who have not qualified for the tournament, a draw.
Parreira admitted afterwards he had to ring the changes during the game in a bid to look atr more of his players, and that it did affect the performance.
“The second half was difficult because we made so many changes, but I had to give players a chance,” he said.
“I'm happy because this is the level we will face in the World Cup in terms of technique and I thought we dealt with them well.
“Now we need to work on the penetration more and getting the full-backs to attack, but we are starting to impose our style on other teams.”
Teko Modise, who marked his 50th appearance for Bafana Bafana by wearing the captain’s armband, was also content with the display.
“We created chances and there was a real improvement, although obviously we were disappointed not to win,” Modise said.
“Seeing the crowd and hearing the vuvuzelas makes us want to perform for the supporters and hopefully that can continue at the World Cup.”
South Africa are 150/1 outsiders with bet365, SportingBet, StanJames, bwin, bodog and Coral to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy on home soil this summer.