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BAFANA Bafana are going for the kill against Zimbabwe in Durban tonight, with the players hoping to win the heart of coach Carlos Alberto Parreira ahead of the World Cup.
The match, for which the players will earn caps, unlike in the warm-up clash against Swaziland, will take place at the new Moses Mabhida Stadium. Kickoff is at 8.30pm.
The locally based Bafana Bafana - who are preparing for the World Cup - were in terrific form against Swaziland in Chatsworth, winning Saturday's match 6-2.
Attacking midfielder Thulani Serero told Sowetan that Bafana were eager to continue from where they left off against Isihlangu.
"We raised the hopes of many South Africans with the magnificent win against Swaziland, South Africans will justifiably demand more against Zimbabwe," he said.
"It's gonna be a tough match, Zimbabwe have an array of terrific players like Knowledge Musona, Esrom Nyandoro and Thomas Sweswe who have been doing well in the PSL.
"As players we want to impress the technical staff to be in the team going for further training camps in Brazil and Germany, so Zimbabwe are going to be shown the stars."
Serero capped his first Bafana appearance with a goal against Swaziland and is hoping the appetite for goals will continue tonight.
Serero's sentiments were echoed by another new recruit, Andile Jali: "We are learning a lot from the senior players and this experience will be vital for us one day. I hope to get the opportunity and if I am selected to play, I will not disappoint."
Ace linkman Teko Modise, who is expected to lead Bafana in the absence of Aaron Mokoena, said: "We appeal for more support from South Africans and we will make them happy."
Nyandoro warned Bafana that they will find themselves in big trouble if they expect the Warriors of Zimbabwe to play like Swaziland.
"It will be a totally different opposition, we are going to put up a big fight for a win. We are also preparing for the African Nations Championships," Nyandoro said.
Parreira said: "Zimbabwe will be a much tougher opponent and we should be wary of them, (but) they will find us ready."
Parreira will once again rely on the likes of Serero, Gert Schalkwyk, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Franklin Cale and Katlego Mphela to turn the heat on Zimbabwe.