Bafana out to avoid another WC qualifier slip-up

By Michael Madyira

Bafana Bafana will be out to rescue their declining fortunes in the 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifiers when they host Zimbabwe on Tuesday. 

Hugo Broos’ men have failed to win their last two games after losing to Rwanda before Friday’s 1-1 draw with Nigeria. 

They started the campaign with a 2-1 victory over Benin but a drop in form has seen them fall to fourth on the table.

They come up against Zimbabwe who anchor group C after draws against Rwanda and Nigeria, as well as the 2-0 loss to Lesotho on Friday.

But Broos is cautious of an upset and is not taking the Warriors lightly.

“Our group is not made up of top countries but it is very tricky,” Broos told the media.

“The results after three games are unbelievable. This is the problem in our group because any team can win against any other team.”

Zimbabwe have a new-look team under caretaker coach Jairos Tapera and Bafana could take advantage of a side still battling to get it together as a group.

A number of England-based players are being integrated into the Warriors but they are without injured captain Marvelous Nakamba.

No injuries have been recorded in the Bafana camp after the Nigeria match and that is encouraging news for Broos.

Bafana last featured at the World Cup in 2010 as hosts but last qualified for the 2002 edition in Korea/Japan.

Pictured above: Bafana Bafana captain Ronwen Williams with defender Siyabonga Ngezana.

Source: Bafana Bafana


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