The Zimbabwe Warriors woeful display in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign continued Thursday night after suffering a 1-0 defeat to neighbours South Africa in their penultimate Group G tie played at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg.
With only just pride to try and salvage, Norman Mapeza’s (pictured) men succumbed to a headed finish by Bafana Bafana’s Teboho Mokoena in the 26th minute.
The defeat is the Zimbabwe senior men football team’s fourth straight defeat since it drew its opening encounter with the same opponents in the reverse fixture played in Harare 3 September this year.
The win by Bafana Bafana ensured South Africa still top the group with 13 points to their credit while Ghana are second with 10.
Ethiopia, the Warriors’ next opponents at home on Sunday, are third with just four points while Zimbabwe anchor the standings with just a single point.
South Africa take on Ghana at the Cape Coast on Sunday needing just a draw or a slender defeat to confirm their status as group winners.
The defeat by the Warriors is also an embarrassing third straight hammering handed on Mapeza since he took charge amid high hopes following the sacking of unpopular Croatian gaffer Zdravko Logurusic 12 September this year.
South Africa: Williams, Mobbie, Ngcobo, De Reuck, Mashego, Phete, Mokoena, Dolly, Tau, Hlongwane, Makgopa.
Subs: Mothwa, Brooks, Mmodi, Blom, Zuke, Malepe, Lakay, Sithole, Mdantsane, Donn, Bvuma.
Zimbabwe:Mhari, Chimwemwe, Galloway, Madzongwe, Takwara, Kangwa, Nakamba, Sarupinda, Billiat, Wadi, Moyo