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One thing PLK City’s Douglas Mapfumo is looking forward to against Bafana

Polokwane City FC striker Douglas Mapfumo has revealed the most important thing he’s looking forward to when Zimbabwe takes on Bafana Bafana.

The two Southern African countries will renew their rivalry when they meet in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The match will take place on Tuesday at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. Kickoff is at 6pm.

The last time Bafana and the Warriors faced off was in November 2021, during the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Bafana claimed a narrow 1-0 victory.

Mapfumo just received his maiden national team call-up and may make his debut against the 1996 African champions – Bafana.


Oswin Appolis in action for Bafana Bafana
Oswin Appolis in action for Bafana Bafana

The Rise and Shine striker cannot wait to face his club teammate Oswin Appollis. The latter has been a regular in the national team set-up and was part of the squad that won the bronze medal in the 2023 AFCON finals in Ivory Coast. So far, the midfielder has earned four caps.

“[Oswin] Appollis is my closest friend, and we both come from Cape Town. I just can’t wait to play against him when our national teams meet,” Mapfumo told FARPost.

“For me, that game is going to be a personal one. When we return back to Polokwane City, one of us should be happy and the other will be disappointed.

“I think this will be an opportunity to showcase that Polokwane City FC as a club also has quality players that can perform to the best of their ability in the national teams. I just can’t wait to play against my friend in a completely different set-up.”

Mapfumo further warned his Zimbabwe national team teammates not to underestimate Appollis and Co. He’s familiar with most of the players who play in the DStv Premiership.

“I know what my friend and other Bafana Bafana players are capable of doing. Most of them we play in the same league, so my advice to my [Zimbabwe] teammates is just to play our normal football and never underestimate them,” he added.

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