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Zim defender Teenage Hadebe names key Bafana stars to watch in World Cup qualifiers tie

Zimbabwe defender Teenage Hadebe has named the Bafana Stars players he believes will be the biggest threats on the pitch ahead of their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers tie on Tuesday.

The showdown between South Africa and the Warriors will take place at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. The kick-off will start at 18:00.

Hugo Broos‘ charges will play at the Free State Stadium for the first time in 14 years. Bafana last played at the stadium during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, when they beat France 2-1.

Bafana returned home on Sunday from Uyo, Nigeria, where the two nations played out a 1-1 draw on Friday night at Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

Meanwhile, the neighbours, Zimbabwe, have been camping in Mazansi as they played their home game against Lesotho at Orlando Stadium. The game ended with a 2-0 scoreline in favour of Lesotho.

Themba Zwane and Bafana captain Ronwen Williams.
Themba Zwane and Ronwen Williams

Speaking with FARPost during the week, the former Kaizer Chiefs defender Hadebe insists Bafana are a very strong team with quality players. He named standout players from Broos’ side.


Hadebe, who turns out for the Turkish Super Lig club Konyaspor, pointed out the attacking speed of Themba Zwane, the brilliance of Teboho Mokoena in the midfield, and the experience of Bafana captain Ronwen Williams.

“I would go with ‘Mshishi’ and ‘Tebza’ because they have been playing so well. I won’t mention the whole team,” said Hadebe.

“But if I’m talking about the individual brilliance, I would go with ‘Mshishi’ and Tebza; of course, the whole team is playing so well. Not forgetting the captain, Ronwen Williams. He has been doing a fantastic job.

“I’m sure every player who’s going to face Ronwen Williams when they are going to take a penalty, you have to think twice because that guy is unbelievable.”

South Africa are placed fourth in Group C with four points, just a point behind group leaders Lesotho, whereas Zimbabwe are languishing at the group’s basement [sixth place].

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