Bafana Bafana will play host to Zimbabwe in their penultimate Fifa World Cup Group G qualifier on Thursday evening. We’ve picked out three players to watch ahead of the qualifier at the FNB Stadium.
South Africa take on neighbours Zimbabwe on Thursday, 11 November (9pm) and three days later, take on Ghana in their final group stage match on 14 November.
Bafana Bafana lead Group G with 10 points from four games and are the only undefeated side in the group while second placed Ghana has nine points from the same number of games.
3 Players to Watch
Rushine De Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns)
De Reuck has been a constant in the Bafana Bafana squad during the qualifiers and has been ever present in the Mamelodi Sundowns squad this season, helping them to keep a 12 clean sheets in a row and also go undefeated since the start of the campaign.
The 25-year-old is calm and composed in the heart of the Bafana defence alongside his defensive partner Siyanda Xulu. He will surely be one of the busiest players on the pitch as South Africa looked to keep a clean sheet and a positive result.
Keagan Dolly (Kaizer Chiefs)
Despite his slow start to the PSL campaign, Dolly has begun to show his true quality for Amakhosi and following his recent form, which saw him claim three goals and four assists in nine appearances, he earned a recall to this Bafana squad.
The 28-year-old is armed with a good dribbling skill and has the ability to cut open any opposition defence and his ability to pick a pass is one of the best in the league, which could play in Bafana’s favour when he goes toe-to-toe against his Chiefs teammate Khama Billiat.
Percy Tau (Al Ahly)
Tau hit the ground running in Egypt when be bagged a brace in his debut for Al Ahly against Ismaily in the opening game of the Egyptian Premier League season before he helped Pitso Mosimane’s side to a 1-0 win over National Bank of Egypt and a 5-3 win over Zamalek in his first Cairo derby, earning him a call up to the national team.
The in-form Bafana star could be the key man for Bafana and will pose the biggest threat to Zimbabwe, while also playing a deciding role in the result.