Action as it happened: 2026 WCQ – South Africa vs Zimbabwe

Follow our live coverage of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers Group C encounter between South Africa vs Zimbabwe.


South Africa 3-1 Zimbabwe


90′ Three minutes added.

89′ Zim Sub: Zemura, Maswanhise, Machope replace Hachiro, Musona, Rinomhota.

85′ Time running out for Zim, SA still dominating the pace.

80′ A couple of fans invade the pitch. Play temporarily stopped.

78′ Munetsi turns his markers in and out. He finds space but looses his footing and sends his effort over.

76′ Goal!!! Teboho Mokwena yhreads a beautiful defence splitting through ball and thapelo Morena makes no mistake and buries the ball past Chitsumba.

73′ Corner kick to Zim. Ball comes in and Williams comes out and cuts the ball away.

71′ Chirewa sends a through ball but Msendami is muscled off the ball.

67′ Corner kick to SA, cleared out.

65′ SA get four successesive corner kicks, Zim finally clear their lines to ease the pressure.

60′ SA now dominating the pace forcing Zim into defence. Play temporarily stopped as Munetsi picks up a knock.

55′ Goal!!! Thapelo Morena scores after Chitsumba failed to make a clean save.

52′ Yellow Card to Morena (SA).

50′ T. Morena gets the space but sends his strike over.

49′ SA on the break but Garananga makes a vital clearance.

49′ Munetsi and Musona links up but Bafana clear the danger.

47′ Msendami is hacked down on the edge of the box. Musona takes it but the ball goes straight to the hands of Williams.

46′ SA Sub: Mokwena replaces Mokwana.

46′ Zim Sub: Msendami replaces Mapfumo.


45′ One minute added.

44′ Chirewa makes a great turn and beats his markers. He fi ds the space and curls in a shot but the strike goes wide by inches.

43′ Chitsumba with a great save to deny a shot from Rayners.

37′ Rayners has the ball in the net, but the flag is raised for an offside in the build-up on Mokwana.

36′ Corner kick to SA on the other end.

35′ Munetsi’s brilliant through ball finds Chirewa, and the Wolves star goes for from a tight angle but is brilliantly denied by Williams. Corner kick to Zimbabwe.

30′ Still one-all with both teams attacking.

Appollis with a great run down the left, puts the ball in the box, but Rayners can’t direct his effort on target.

23′ Halfway through the first period and both teams are taking chances to attack but it’s South Africa who holds the edge.

18′ Chitsumba makes a good save to deny Appollis shot from 20 yards out.

15′ Takwara makes a vital interception and clears the danger.

14′ Zim on the break and Chirewa sets up Musona who takes a first time shot but his effort is saved.

12′ Corner kick to SA. cleared for another corner. The second kick comes in but Zim clear their lines.

10′ Chitsumba fails to make a clean save and Rayners picks it up and tfies a short but it is blocked. Mokwana gets the loose ball and tries a shot and it also gets blocked.

9′ Zim on the break, and Munetsi picks up the ball. However, he sends his cross behind Chirewa and Mapfumo and SA clear the danger.

8′ Mokwana sends in a dangerous cross but Takwara heads away the danger.

7′ Mokwana tries a short on the edge of the box but Chitsumba goes down and make a clean save.

6′ Rayners tries to penetrate from the right but is forced out and Zim clears the danger.

5′ A pacey start to the game with the play swinging from one end to another.

2′ Goal!!! Chirewa equalises fot Zimbabwe after superbly beating his markers. Munetsi with an assist.

1′ Goal!!! Garan’anga makes a mistake at the back and Rayners capitalises and scores.

1′ Kick-off!!! SA gets the game underway.

SA XI: Williams, Mudau, Mvala, Ngezana, Modiba, Sithole, Mokoena, Zwane, Appollis, Mokwana, Rayners.

Zim XI: Chitsumba, Murwira, Takwara, Lunga, Musona, Hachiro, Munetsi, Rinomhota, Chirewa, Mapfumo, Garananga.


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