ONE of the continent’s most intense rivalries will resume on Friday when South Africa and Zimbabwe contest a Federation of Worldwide Soccer Affiliation (FIFA) World Cup 2022 qualifier.
The neighbouring nations will play the Group G encounter on the Nationwide Sports activities Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe in what shall be their sixteenth assembly.
It’s virtually eight years since Bafana Bafana of South Africa and Zimbabwe’s Warriors final met.
Friday’s encounter comes on the again of contrasting fortunes for the duo, with Zimbabwe having booked one other berth within the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and their southern neighbours once more lacking out.
The perimeters have served some memorable clashes and tragic conferences in a rivalry that dates again to 1992 after South Africa’s readmission to FIFA.
A fired-up Zimbabwe handed the guests a 4-1 hiding on the Nationwide Sports activities Stadium in an AFCON qualifier.
One other memorable match was performed on the outdated FNB Stadium on the inauguration of Thabo Mbeki as South African president in 1999.
Once more Zimbabwe prevailed, successful the pleasant encounter 1-0.
Nonetheless, an encounter in 2000 resulted in tragedy with the loss of life of 12 followers in a stampede on the Nationwide Sports activities Stadium.
South Africa gained the World Cup qualifier 2-0 in opposition to Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe have a slight edge within the head-to-head file, having gained seven matches to South Africa’s six. Two of these encounters have been drawn.
The Nationwide Sports activities Stadium has solely been quickly accredited to host upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) had ordered its closure (Nationwide Sports activities Stadium) after years of degradation.
South Africa’s group assembled in Johannesburg on Sunday.
Addressing the media, coach Hugo Broos, stated, “I feel by the point we go to Zimbabwe we must be prepared.”
He nevertheless maintained the Group G could be troublesome.
Ethiopia and Ghana full the group.
“Our group has three groups which have certified for the AFCON, and taking part in six video games in three months will not be simple however we have to be professionals and be prepared,” Broos stated.
Coached by Zdravko Logarušić, Zimbabwe shall be relying on the expertise of their South African-based gamers. Ten gamers based mostly within the neighbouring nation are within the squad.
The return encounter is on November 10.
Goalkeepers- Washington Arubi, Talbert Shumba, Martin Mapisa
Defenders – Alec Mudimu, Divine Lunga, Godknows Murwira, Kevin Moyo, Onismor Bhasera, Takudzwa Chimwemwe, William SItima
Midfielders – Blessing Sarupinda, Butholezwe Ncube, Farai Madhanaga, Ishmail Wadi, Jona Fabisch, Khama Billiat, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Marshall Munetsi, Good Chikwende, Silas Songani, Tafadzwa Rusike, Thabani Kamusoko
Strikers – Data Musona (Captain), Knox Mutizwa, Terrence Dzvukamanja, Tinotenda Kadewere
SOUTH AFRICA SQUAD:
Goalkeepers – Ronwen Williams, Veli Mothwa, Bruce Bvuma, Sifiso Mlungwana
Defenders – Sydney Mobbie, Rushine De Reuck, Thapelo Morena, Siyanda Xulu, Thibang Phete, Thabani Dube, Njabulo Ngcobo, Mosa Lebusa, Sibusiso Mabiliso, Harmless Maela, Njabulo Blom, Ethan Brooks, Yusuf Maart, Siyethemba Sithebe
Midfielder – Thabiso Kutumela, Bongokuhle Hlongwane, Present Hyperlinks, Proof Makgopa, Victor Letsoala
Strikers – Percy Tau, Luther Singh
– CAJ Information