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Zimbabwe Warriors On A Mission To Redeem Themselves Against South Africa

Zimbabwe are searching for “redemption” against South Africa on Tuesday evening and need to secure a positive result to keep any hopes of a maiden qualification to the world stage alive.

Friday’s 0-2 defeat against Lesotho was a wakeup call for the Warriors who took a casual approach against the Likuena and only to be surprised after the 90 minutes.

Lesotho in other hand had long planned for the game while Zimbabwe were reluctant, taking a back seat even in appointing a substantial coach, a very critical position in the team that should have been given the priority it deserves.

The results were a true reflection of who wanted it better – who invested more prior to the game than the other and Lesotho were miles ahead of the Warriors in terms of preparations.

However, whenever you have lost a game, especially at home, you always want to go out and put that right in the next game, albeit against a much more better opponent, but there is no doubt that the Warriors will be working very hard to try to redeem themselves.

Bafana-Bafana have been really moulded into quite a force in African football since the last AFCON finals where they finished as bronze medalist and one has to take one’s hat off to what they have achieved so far under Hugo Broos.

Tapera who made a late call to Ngezi Platinum midfielder Richard Hachiro to increase the depth in the midfield, is set to make changes to the first XI that fell to Lesotho and is expecting a positive reaction against Bafana-Bafana who will be fatigued after traveling from Nigeria were they drew against Super Eagles in the third round fixture on Friday.

Bernard Donovan is sure to return his position between the goal posts despite a poor showing against Likuena.

Teenage Hadebe and Munashe Garananga are likely to combine at the back with Godknows Murwira and Divine Lunga taking up the right-back and left-back positions respectively.

Zimbabwe Warriors Probable XI vs South Africa. (See list below)

Munetsi is expected to marshall the midfield alongside Andrew Rinomhota with Jordan Zemura and Walter Musona occupying wide areas.

Exciting Botswana based Daniel Msendami could operate behind the striker which can be thrusted to Tymon Machope or Douglas Mapfumo.

Zimbabwe Warriors Probable XI : Bernard Donovan, Godknows Murwira, Divine Lunga, Munashe Garananga, Teenage Hadebe, Andrew Rinomhota, Walter Musona, Nyasha Munetsi, Tymon Machope, Daniel Msendami, Jordan Zemura.

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