Bafana Bafana travel back to scene of tragedy in World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe

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Delron Buckley in action in the game in which he scored two before 13 fans died in crowd trouble
Delron Buckley in action in the game in which he scored two before 13 fans died in crowd trouble

Bafana have flown across the Limpopo River to the Zimbabwean capital Harare for Group G opening qualifier being played at the National Sports Stadium.

The 13 previous meetings have seen each country win six with a solitary draw leaving the two Cosafa rivals level in previous encounters.

This will be only the third meeting being played at the National Sports Stadium.

The first-ever meeting between the two countries was on August 16, 1992 when Bafana received a rude awakening after being humbled 4-1 in a match in which Peter Ndlovu left Neil Tovey and Steve Komphela scratching their heads. With Doctor Khuamlo reduced to a pedestrian in midfield by his opposite number Willard Khumalo.

The late Sam Kambule scored a consolation goal for the Screamer Tshabalala-coached Bafana, who re-emerged just over a month before the trip to Harare. 

Then in July 2000, Bafana again travelled to Harare for a 2002 World Cup qualifier.

Delron Buckley scored a brace, but the match was then abandoned immediately after his second goal following crowd trouble which left 13 fans dead.

It was a dark day in which missiles flew onto the pitch with police reacting by firing teargas in what was a dark day for Zimbabwean football.

16 August 1992
Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group 5
National Stadium, Harare
Zimbabwe 4 (Takawira 8, Gumbo 19, P Ndlovu 49pen, 58)
South Africa 1 (Kambule 21)

24 April 1993
African Nations Cup qualifying group 5
Soccer City, Johannesburg
South Africa 1 (Maponyane 6)
Zimbabwe 1 (Nkonjera 82)

24 April 1994
International friendly
Independence Stadium, Mmabatho
South Africa 1 (P Masinga 76)
Zimbabwe 1-0

26 November 1995
Four Nations Cup
Soccer City, Johannesburg
South Africa 2 (Bartlett 20, 78)
Zimbabwe 0

16 June 1999
International friendly
Soccer City, Johannesburg
South Africa 0
Zimbabwe 1 (Shereni 24)

29 July 2000
Cosafa Castle Cup semi-final
Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth
South Africa 0
Zimbabwe 1 (Tembo 11)

5 May 2001
World Cup qualifying group E
Soccer City, Johannesburg
South Africa 2 (Bartlett 17, McCarthy 39)
Zimbabwe 1 (P Ndlovu 53pen)

19 July 2003
Cosafa Castle Cup quarter-final
Basil Kenyon Stadium, East London
South Africa 0
Zimbabwe 1 (Muhoni 15)

11 March 2008
International friendly
Germiston Stadium, Johannesburg
South Africa 2 (Ngcobo 73, Matola og 91)
Zimbabwe 1(Mushangazike 11)

27 January 2010
International friendly
Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
South Africa (Tshabalala 50, Mbuyane 77, Thwala 90)
Zimbabwe 0

15 November 2011
International friendly
Rufaro Stadium, Harare
Zimbabwe 2 (Musona 53, 61)
South Africa 1 (Grobler 29)

10 September 2013

International friendly

Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg

South Africa 1 (Parker 90)

Zimbabwe 2 (Musona 51 Malajila 90)