Tadious Manyepo in BLOEMFONTEIN

THE last time Godknows Murwira played for the Warriors in a full international, Zimbabwe were in the victory corner.

That was back in January 2022, when they beat Guinea 2-1, in their dead rubber game in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Murwira starred in that game and almost recorded his name on the scoresheet but his stinging first half free-kick narrowly missed the target.

He is back in the Warriors fold and he was an unused substitute in Zimbabwe’s 0-2 loss to Lesotho in a 2026 World Cup qualifier tie at Orlando Stadium on Friday last week.

With the Warriors, now bottom of their qualifying group, desperately needing to redeem themselves against South Africa at Free State Stadium tonight, Murwira is set to be thrown into the fray.

Tapera has already indicated that he will shuffle his cards to accommodate a new playing style.

“This is a very big match and, as you know, both South Africa and us need the points,” said Murwira.

“The match will be very tough and exciting.

“We should put away all the chances that come our way. If you look at our game against Lesotho, we had the better number of chances created but they managed to utilise theirs. 

“That made the difference.

“So, we need to take our chances because small margins determine these high tempo games.”

He added:

“South Africa are playing very well and they are strong but this is a different ball game altogether because this is a derby,” said Murwira.

“The Limpopo derby has a lot at stake, including bragging rights, and we can’t be bullied. 

“We plead with the fans to continue supporting us and together we can conquer.”

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