Pride at stake in Bafana, Zim derby
South Africa and Zimbabwe will both have a point to prove when they meet in an international friendly match at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday. Kick-off is at 8:30pm.
The last time the two sides met was in a friendly match two years ago which ended 2-1 in favour of Zimbabwe with Knowledge Musona netting a brace after Bradley Gobler had opened the scoring.
Both teams go into this game looking to put disappointing 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying campaigns behind them as they failed to advance to the final qualifying stage.
Bafana Bafana thrashed Botswana 4-1 at home on Saturday, but still finished in second place in their group, while the Warriors’ dead rubber clash against Mozambique ended in a 1-1 draw.
Coaches Gordon Igesund and Ian Gorowa have since made a number of changes to their squads, opting to stick to locally-based players for Tuesday’s clash, but Warriors defenders Carlington Nyadombo is geared up for a competitive fixture.
“Whenever South Africa plays against Zimbabwe it’s never an easy game for both teams because we are neighbours and we know each other very well,” said Nyadombo.
“Looking at the players in the South African team, it’s mostly players that we see week in and week out in the PSL and we know their strengths and their weaknesses.
“It’s not going to be an easy game but I’m expecting it to be an entertaining match because we play similar types of football.”
Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana fullback Marc Van Heerden believes both teams will have an advantage as they are also familiar with a number of PSL-based stars in the Zimbabwean team.
“It’s going to be a different game compared to the last game I played in against Burkina Faso because I’m expecting Zimbabwe to be more pro-active going forward, so it could be an open game,” he said.
“Obviously both teams know each other very well and they’ve got some good players in their team and it’s probably going to be a tightly-contested encounter with a lot of players who want to prove themselves.”
The two sides have met 12 times in the past with Bafana Bafana enjoying a slight lead with six victories over Zimbabwe’s five.