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Percy Tau is confident Bafana Bafana can beat Zimbabwe in an important World Cup qualifier.

Bafana's vice-captain Percy Tau helped the team get a much-needed 3 points when they host their neighbor Zimbabwe in the penultimate match of the World Cup qualifiers at home, at FNB Stadium, tonight. Thursday. 

Before the final two matches of the qualifying group stage, Bafana had their fate in hand. They lead Group G with 10 points, with 4 more points to be sure to top the group and advance to the next round. 

But easier said than done. They will face a familiar Zimbabwean side with nothing to lose, while Ghana still has a chance to advance to the next round as they finish second - one point behind Bafana, who will visit them at home on Sunday. 

However, a Bafana victory tomorrow night and Ghana's loss to Ethiopia at the Orlando Stadium earlier in the day could mean the South Africans advance to the next round, where only five nations advance to the match. final. 

Tau and Co. don't want to leave anything to chance. Knowing the odds are in Ghana's favor against Ethiopia, they are determined to make it up to the Warriors at home tonight as they need just one point in Cape Coast. 

“We are looking forward to the match against Zimbabwe tomorrow (today). We know it won't be easy. But the team played well in all four games. And now we want to do better and better. I have confidence in the group,” Tau said. 

Of course, Bafana has restructured, questioning new players under coach Hugo Broos' reign. But there are senior players – such as Tau and captain Ronwen Williams – who`ve endured the pain of losing control of their fate right at death. 

In their last game of the 2020 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Bafana failed to beat Sudan away from home and ultimately lost out on a spot in finals. This is where coach Molefi Ntseki was fired before Broos was assigned to rebuild the team. 

“I think we cannot go back to the past. We can only go forward in the situation that we find ourselves in right now. Different situations. We are in a race to qualify for Afcon but this is the World Cup,” said star Al Ahly. 

It is the elders, like Tau, who will be responsible for ensuring that they do not repeat the mistakes of the past, including suffocating in times of crisis. After all, for the third time in a row, their qualifying for a major tournament can be played live. 

In 2019 they must beat Libya in their final match, in a neutral Tunisia, to qualify for Afcon in Egypt, before defeat to Sudan ensures they will not hold their spot in Cameroon on next year. But Tau is confident they will get the job done. 

“International football is different from playing for a big club wherever you are. I was with the (national) team for a while and I was in a situation where I had to qualify and have my last game away,” recalls Tau. 

“Boys would be honored to have the opportunity here. They want to win and improve. They know how important international football is to our careers. It's a young group, not much of a problem. This is why we can also get along easily.

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