Bafana Bafana beat Zimbabwe to maintain 2022 WC dream alive

The three factors had been secured because of a first-half objective from Teboho Mokoena.

South Africa’s Rushine de Reuck (L) tackles Zimbabwe’s David Moyo (R) in the course of the Fifa 2022 World Cup qualifying spherical Group G soccer match between South Africa and Zimbabwe on the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 11 November 2021. Image: PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa has cemented high spot in group G of the CAF 2022 World Cup qualifiers after a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe at FNB Stadium.

The three factors had been secured because of a first-half objective from Teboho Mokoena.

Going into the sport, Bafana Bafana had seen nearest rivals Ghana drop factors as they drew 1-1 with Ethiopia within the penultimate qualifier.

It was a gradual begin to the sport in Soweto, with the one motion within the opening 10 minutes being the damage concern round Mokoena, who appeared in misery after a tough problem to his ankle.

Having discovered his ft, Keagan Dolly started to run the present as his well-timed go gifted Bongakuhle Hlongwane an opportunity to attain however he couldn’t join.

Dolly then crossed a harmful ball into the field within the thirteenth minute however Petros Mhari smothered the trouble.

Zimbabwe’s greatest effort of the half got here within the nineteenth minute as a Khama Billiat go gifted David Moyo an opportunity to attain whereas he was one-on-one with Ronwen Williams however his indecisiveness noticed the possibility come to nothing.

They had been made to pay for that lower than 10 minutes later as some intelligent play to maneuver the ball from the again into their attacking field noticed Mokoena handed the possibility to present SA the lead, which he didn’t hesitate on.

The clear-cut probabilities can be exhausting to come back by after that strike and the groups went into the break with Bafana main 1-0.

It was a a lot completely different begin to the second half, with the guests having a bigger share of ball possession. They virtually made it rely within the fiftieth as Billiat danced his means round Bafana’s defence and laid the ball up on a plate for Blessing Sarupinda, however the quantity eight by some means blasted his effort over the bar simply metres from objective.

South Africa started to struggle again within the 63rd minute.

Substitute Fagrie Lakay laid the ball to Dolly, whose long-range effort was tipped over by Mhari.

Then the Zimbabwe goalkeeper was known as into motion from the next nook as he additionally needed to tip over Hlongwane’s header.

With a last qualifier versus Ghana on Tuesday, there might be concern round Percy Tau, who after a quiet recreation, limped off whereas being subbed out for Ethan Brooks after slipping throughout an tried counterattack.

Hlongwane ought to have ended the sport with a brace however first, his header within the 84th minute went huge after which within the ninetieth minute, Mhari saved his close-range effort.

South Africa was barely troubled after that as they noticed off the sport to assert a fourth win a row, which moved them to 13 factors on the high of their group.

They now take a three-point lead into the ultimate qualifier towards the Black Stars on Sunday understanding in the event that they don’t lose that recreation, they progress to the CAF playoffs.

The highest ten group winners will face one another in dwelling and away leg ties to determine who would be the continent’s 5 representatives in Qatar.


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