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Bafana Bafana will be aiming to secure their fourth straight when they welcome Zimbabwe to the FNB Stadium for their penultimate Fifa World Cup Group G qualifier on Thursday evening.

South Africa arrive into this match off the back of back-to-back victories over Ethiopia after they claimed a 3-1 win in the first leg at Bahir Dar Stadium on 9 October before securing a narrow 1-0 victory over the same opponents in the return leg at the FNB Stadium 12 October.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe suffered back-to-back defeat to the Black Stars of Ghana in their two previous qualifying matches following their 3-1 defeat in the first leg at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium before conceding a 1-0 defeat to the same opponents in the second leg Zimbabwe National Sports Stadium.

“First of all, I am surprised that we are now in this position because three months ago, I think if you said to someone that we will be first in the group, everybody would laugh,” coach Hugo Broos told the media.

“We’ve done a fantastic job until now. The players have been fantastic.

“I took players and made choices; sometimes, my choices were not good, and certainly, when I see the (current) 23 players, it changed over the past few months. It was difficult for me to make that first selection because I did not know much about South African football, and now I know much more about them.”

Bafana Bafana sit at the summit of Group G with 10 points after four games, having won three games while drawing one, while Zimbabwe sit at the foot of the group with only one point after they suffered three defeats and a draw in their four matches in the group.

When the two teams last met in the group stages, Bafana and Zimbabwe were forced to share the spoils after they played out to a goalless draw at the Zimbabwe National Sports Stadium in the opening game of the qualifiers.

Thursday’s match kicks off at 9pm.

Bafana Bafana squad:

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs) Defenders: Nyiko Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs), Siyanda Xulu (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Rushine De Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns), Njabulo Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs), Terrence Mashego (Cape Town City), Tercious Malepe (Amazulu), Thibang Phete (Belenenses SAD, Portugal)

Midfielders: Sphelelo Sithole (Belenenses SAD, Portugal), Thabani Zuke (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy), Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune United), Mduduzi Mdantsane (Cape Town City), Keagan Dolly (Kaizer Chiefs)

Forwards: Fagrie Lakay (Cape Town City), Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Victor Letsoalo (Royal AM), Percy Tau (Al Ahly, Egypt), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United), Pule Mmodi (Lamontville Golden Arrows)

How Bafana and Zimbabwe have fair in the Group G qualifiers thus far:

Bafana Bafana:

Games: 4
Wins: 3
Draws: 1
Losses: 0
Goal For: 5
Goals Against: 1

Zimbabwe 0-0 South Africa
South Africa 1-0 Ghana
Ethiopia 1-3 South Africa
South Africa 1-0 Ethiopia


Games: 4
Wins: 0
Draws: 1
Losses: 3
Goal For: 1
Goals Against: 5

Zimbabwe 0-0 South Africa
Ethiopia 1-0 Zimbabwe
Ghana 3-1 Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe 0-1 Ghana

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