The neighbours met in a group C at National Sports Stadium in Harare, looking to make a good start in the campaign. It was a game of familiar faces, as a number of Zimbabwean players currently ply their trade in the DSTV Premiership in South Africa.
The list of Zimbabwean players who play their football in South Africa includes Khama Billiat, Onismor Bhasera, Divine Lunga and Knox Mutizwa.
Billiat was one of the threats, but was unable to find an opening in the South African defence, as the visitors held on tight for what could be a vital point away from home.
Hugo Broos got to sit on the South African for the first time since he was appointed as Molefe Ntseki’s replacement. The Belgian has brought in new faces into the team to rebuild a team that has been underachieving for many years now and will be hoping that they can reach new heights once the team gels.
The performance against Zimbabwe was certainly promising, though the South Africans do need to improve in front of goal. While they did test the Zimbabwean defence on a few occasions, they could have done more to try get a goal.
Zimbabwe, meanwhile, won’t be happy that they dropped two points at home. It was a good opportunity to start the campaign with three points on home soil, but they did not do enough to get maximum points.