Following his heroics off the bench against Botswana, Kagiso Malinga started from the start for the hosts, while Eswatini remained unchanged from their opening day triumph over Lesotho.
The side of Eswatini started brightly in extremely windy conditions with a low rasping strike from Justice Figuareido from a short-corner, but the threat was eventually avoided.
After a through pass from Sphelele Mkhulise, Bafana came alive in the last quarter with a snap effort from a tight angle by Ethan Brooks.
That was Badenhorst's final act, as a second booking for a wild challenge on Mkhulise earned him a red card just before halftime.
Bafana: Mothwa, Mobbie, De Reuck, Mphahlele, Mkhulise, Phohlongo, Saleng, Brooks, Sithebe, Dube, Malinga
Subs: Vyver, Ngobeni, Maart, Sibanyoni.
Eswatini: Dlamini, Msibi, Mkhwanazi, Mamba, Magagula, Mabelesa, Khethokhule, Figareido, Badenhorst, F. Mamba, Ndzinisa.
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