Tadious Manyepo in BLOEMFONTEIN

WARRIORS forward Tawanda Chirewa wants to do more for his country and is eager to help his team topple bitter rivals, Bafana Bafana, in a World Cup qualifier here this evening.

The game starts at 6pm.

The Wolves star made his debut for his country in the 0-2 loss to Lesotho and had a solid game with one of his shots crashing against the crossbar.

“It wasn’t the best debut that I would have yearned for (against Lesotho). 

“It was tough, obviously, I wouldn’t say it was my best performance. I wouldn’t say the fitness and sharpness was at the level it should have been.

“Obviously it takes a while for a team to adjust at any level. We created a lot of chances against Lesotho and we are hoping to put a much better performance against South Africa.

“We are ready for Tuesday, they are the favourites, they have good players, they have done well at the Africa Cup of Nations but we are Zimbabwe ,with a lot of players in Europe, and quality players from all over.”

Coach Jairos Tapera has committed the better part of the past three days preparing his boys mentally for the showdown against Bafana Bafana.

South Africa are coming from a confident-boosting 1-1 draw away in Nigeria on Friday.

The Warriors will be without defender Andrew Mbeba, who is suspended for accumulating three yellow cards in this campaign.

Divine Lunga has fitness concerns having sprained his ankle in the match against Lesotho.

“We have worked on the mentality side more than anything else,” said Tapera.

“We have also worked on the tactics that we think will work for us when we face South Africa.

“They might be home and feeling happy but we are here to compete and we are going to do everything that we can to come up with a positive result.

“We are going to make changes because we are going to remodel the way we will play.

“The formation is one thing that we could change at first, so we will see how it goes.

“We are trying to talk to the players, pushing them to, at least, give us the best they can.”

He added:

“If we win tomorrow (today), we will be on five points and that will be huge for us as we then wait for the next games to come.

“We are so hopeful that we will be able to win this match against South Africa.”

Zimbabwe and South Africa have met 17 times since 1992 with the Warriors claiming seven wins, the same as South Africa, with the remainder ending in draws.

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