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Warriors coach Norman Mapeza insists that the game
Warriors coach Norman Mapeza insists that the game against Bafana Bafana is not a dead rubber contest

Bafana Bafana's penultimate opponents in the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup qualifiers have warned that there will not be any freebies despite all the presumptions attached to this fixture.

The Warriors of Zimbabwe have made the short trip across the Limpopo River for the Group G clash which is a dead rubber for the visitors while being pivotal for the hosts.

The meeting at FNB Stadium on Thursday night (21:00) with The Warriors will be minus Knowledge Musona, Teenage Hadebe, Marshal Munetsi, Tino Kadewere and Tendayi Darikwa with Alec Mudimu suspended amongst the notable absentees.

Scroll through the gallery to see the international players among Kaizer Chiefs' ranks

Kgaogelo Sekgota (South Africa) – 1 cap
Kgaogelo Sekgota (South Africa) – 1 cap
Siyabonga Ngezana (South Africa) – 2 caps
Siyabonga Ngezana (South Africa) – 2 caps
Bruce Bvuma (South Africa) – 3 caps
Bruce Bvuma (South Africa) – 3 caps
Daniel Cardoso (South Africa) – 3 caps
Daniel Cardoso (South Africa) – 3 caps
Dumisani Zuma (South Africa) – 3 caps
Dumisani Zuma (South Africa) – 3 caps
Njabulo Ngcobo (South Africa) – 6 caps
Njabulo Ngcobo (South Africa) – 6 caps
Cole Alexander (South Africa) – 6 caps
Cole Alexander (South Africa) – 6 caps
Lazarous Kambole (Zambia) – 16 caps
Lazarous Kambole (Zambia) – 16 caps
Ramahlwe Mphahlele (South Africa) – 18 caps
Ramahlwe Mphahlele (South Africa) – 18 caps
Lebogang Manyama (South Africa) – 19 caps
Lebogang Manyama (South Africa) – 19 caps
Daniel Akpeyi (Nigeria) – 19 caps
Daniel Akpeyi (Nigeria) – 19 caps
Keagan Dolly (South Africa) – 19 caps
Keagan Dolly (South Africa) – 19 caps
Eric Mathoho (South Africa) – 37 caps
Eric Mathoho (South Africa) – 37 caps
Teddy Akumu (Kenya) – 45 caps
Teddy Akumu (Kenya) – 45 caps
Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe) – 49 caps
Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe) – 49 caps
Bernard Parker (South Africa) – 73 caps
Bernard Parker (South Africa) – 73 caps
Itumeleng Khune (South Africa) – 91 caps
Itumeleng Khune (South Africa) – 91 caps
Scroll through the gallery to see the internationa
Scroll through the gallery to see the international players among Kaizer Chiefs' ranks

Instead of sulking, Warriors coach Norman Mapeza is casting down talk that this is a dead rubber for his team.

"That is what you guys [the media] call it but for me, there is nothing like a dead rubber in football because we need to restore our pride. We need to win and bring back the confidence to the nation and the players. So, there is nothing like a dead rubber to me," Mapeza said.

The former Chippa United notes that Thursday’s match will double up as preparations for the Afcon finals at the beginning of next year.

Kaizer Chiefs livewire Khama Billiat will lead in a team as captain featuring Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba who has boyhood friends Kuda Mahachi, Knox Mutizwa and Divine Lunga for company.

"We have a mixture of young guys and seniors, so we are expecting a tough game tomorrow. We know our position and know Bafana Bafana’s position, so I think it is going to be an exciting game tomorrow. The issue is on building a team that can go and take part at the Afcon so that is why we have brought in some young players along with senior players. The main purpose is to prepare for the Afcon finals in January," says Mapeza.

The lanky coach was speaking after taking his team had a feel of the match venue where Bafana also trained earlier in the day.