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South Africa vs Zimbabwe Predictions & Tips - Hosts backed to win World Cup qualifier

Last updated: 11 Jun 2024
Ralph Staniforth 11 Jun 2024
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  • South Africa vs Zimbabwe tips for Tuesday’s World Cup Qualifier
  • Zimbabwe have just 1 win in their last 21 matches
  • Can Bafana Bafana score 2+ goals again at home in a qualifier?
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South Africa to beat rivals Zimbabwe in World Cup qualifier (Getty Images).

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The hosts have done fine so far but this is a must-win game for them to stay in the race for World Cup qualification. Zimbabwe are not in the best of form and with only one win in their last 21 games, this should be a struggle.
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  • Head to Head
  • South Africa Form
  • South Africa Squad & News
  • Zimbabwe Form
  • Zimbabwe Squad & News

  • South Africa have seen BTTS Yes in 4 of their last 5 matches.
  • South Africa have scored 2+ goals in their last 3 home matches (tournament qualifiers).
  • Zimbabwe are winless in 20 of their last 21 matches.
  • Zimbabwe have conceded 2+ goals in their last 3 matches.

Head to Head

South Africa have won five of their eight games against Zimbabwe. There has been one draw and two Zimbabwean victories.

South Africa Form

Bafana Bafana finished third at the AFCON earlier this year. They finished second in their group and had three successive penalty shootouts

A 1-1 draw vs Nigeria was followed by a loss on penalties before beating Congo DR on penalties after a 0-0 draw. 

Two draws followed in friendlies, 0-0 vs Andorra and 3-3 vs Algeria. On Friday, they earned a 1-1 draw away to Nigeria in the World Cup Qualifier.

South Africa Squad & News

Coach Hugo Broos may hand Burnley striker Lyle Foster a start. Speedy Thapelo Morena could replace Elias Mokwana on the wing.

Defender Grant Kekana is out injured. Siyabonga Ngezana will partner Mothobi Mvala.

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams, Veli Mothwa, Ricardo Goss 
Defenders: Nyiko Mobbie, Khuliso Mudau, Mothobi Mvala, Siyabonga Ngezana, Given Msimango, Nkosinthai Sibisi, Aubrey Modiba
Midfielders: Sphephelo Sithole, Teboho Mokoena, Bathusi Aubaas, Jayden Adams, Themba Zwane, Patrick Maswanganyi.
Forwards: Percy Tau, Thapelo Morena, Iqraam Rayners, Oswin Appollis, Lyle Foster, Relebohile Mofokeng.

Zimbabwe Form

Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the AFCON earlier this year. They began World Cup qualifying in November 2023.

Their first match saw a 0-0 draw away at Rwanda. A decent 1-1 home draw vs Nigeria followed in their second qualifier. 

A 2-2 draw vs Zambia and a 3-1 loss to Kenya followed in two friendlies. On Friday, they suffered a shock 2-0 home loss to Lesotho to leave their World Cup hopes in tatters.

Zimbabwe Squad & News

Caretaker coach Jairos Tapera has named a squad with many overseas-based players. There are two players based in South Africa and seven who play in England. 

Key midfielder Marvelous Nakamba is out injured. Experienced defender Brendan Galloway has withdrawn due to injury.

Goalkeepers: Godfrey Chitsumba, Bernard Donovan, Martin Mapisa
Defenders: Andrew Mbeba, Munashe Garananga, Teenage Hadebe, Devine Lunga, Shane Maroodza, Godknows Murwira, Gerald Takwara.
Midfielders: Tawanda Maswanhise, Daniel Msendami, Marshall Munetsi, Joey Phuthi, Andy Rinomhota, Tivonge Rushesha, Jordan Zemura.
Strikers: Tawanda Chirewa, Tinotenda Kadewere, Tymon Machope, Douglas Mapfumo, Walter Musona.


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