The SA national senior team, Bafana Bafana secured an important win against Zimbabwe in the 2026 World Cup qualifier match in Mangaung on Tuesday. The 3-1 win takes Bafana to second place in Group C, tied on seven points with Rwanda and Benin. 

They came into the match after playing to a 1-1 draw against Nigeria in Uyo three days ago. 

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The Hugo Broos-coached side started the match like a house on fire and opened the scoring as early as the first minute through Stellenbosch FC striker Iqraam Rayners. But the neighbours quickly responded with their own goal through Tawanda Chirewa two minutes later. 

South Africa have themselves to blame after missing clear-cut chances throughout the first half of the match. They continued where they left off in the second half, creating plenty of chances but did not capitalize. 

Bafana Bafana win against Zimbabwe in World Cup qualifier
Zimbabwe team

IMPORTANT WIN FOR BAFANA BAFANA AGAINST ZIMBABWE IN THE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

The hosts finally scored a second through substitute Thapelo Morena, who converted from close range. Morena added his second of the night and a third for the host to secure the win. 

Bafana Bafana Line-Up: Williams (c), Mvala, Ngezana, Mudau, Modiba, Sithole, Mokoena, Zwane, Appollis, Mokwana, Rayners. 

Substitutions: Mothwa, Goss, Mobbie, Mofokeng, Adams, Foster, Tau, Maswanganyi, Aubaas, Msimango, Sibisi, Morena.

Zimbabwe starting LINE-UP: 
Chitsumba, Lunga, Garananga, Takwara, Murwira, Hachiro, Munetsi (c), Rinomhota, Mapfumo, Chirewa, Musona.

Substitutions: Bernard, Hadebe, Zumura, Kadewere, Phuthi, Msendami, Mapisa, Galloway, Maroodza, Rushesha, Maswanhise, Machope.

Bafana Bafana’s next qualifier match will be at home against Lesotho in March 2025. In the other Group C match on Tuesday, Rwanda beat Lesotho 1-0 in Durban to go top of the log. 

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United have reached a mutual agreement to part ways with immediate effect.

This follows the former Real Madrid explosive interview with Piers Morgan released last week.

United issued a statement on Tuesday evening announcing they had reached a mutual agreement with the 37-year-old.

Ronaldo’s interview on TalkTV with Piers Morgan saw him criticise the club and manager Erik ten Hag. He said the manager has no respect for him and vice versa.

He also claimed members of the United hierarchy are trying to force him out of Old Trafford. Went on to accuse them of doubting him when he said he could not attend pre-season because his daughter was ill in hospital.

The club said they would consider their response to Ronaldo’s comments after the full facts have been established. It appears as if they have now decided to part ways with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

WHAT MANCHESTER UNITED SAYS

“Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect,” a club statement read.

“The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.

Cristiano Ronaldo says his goodbye
Cristiano Ronaldo says his goodbyes

“Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.”

Ronaldo rejoined United last year but he had fallen out of favour this season under Erik ten Hag.

CRISTIANO RONALDO STATEMENT

Ronaldo also issued his own statement on Tuesday.

“Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early.

“I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.

Saudi Arabia have declared Wednesday, 23 November a national public holiday following the shock 2-1 victory over Lionel Messi’s Argentina in a World Cup match in Qatar on Tuesday.

The Group C FIFA World Cup win is considered the greatest upsets in the history of the tournament. Green Falcons beat the world’s third-best team at Doha’s Lusail Stadium. Bafana Bafana were once again missing from the World showpiece.

The historic win also broke Argentina’s 36-game unbeaten streak. They were also a match away from equalling Italy’s 37-match unbeaten record. 

The public holiday will be for all state employees and the private sector. Male and female students in all educational stages, the government announced on Tuesday evening.

SAUDI ARABIA PUBLIC HOLIDAY 

“The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Directed to approve what has been proposed by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. That tomorrow, Wednesday, corresponding to 29/04/1444 AH. Will be a holiday for all employees in all government sectors and private sector. As well as students in all educational stages. On the occasion of the Saudi national team’s victory against Argentina national team in the World Cup,” Saudi Arabia’s official news agency, SPA reported. 

Saudi Arabia declares a public holiday after World Cup win
Saudi Arabia declares a public holiday after World Cup win

There was also jubilation in Qatar after full time when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was pictured embracing his brothers.

Universities were given the afternoon off for students to watch the historic game while City streets were almost abandoned.

Women joined men in many cafes and restaurants, a new phenomenon in the desert kingdom, to take in the most unlikely of victories.

ARGENTINA REMAIN FAVOURITES FOR WORLD CUP

Argentina are one of the favourites to win the tournament having beaten rivals Brazil to win the continental Copa America tournament last year. 

The two-time cannot also afford any more slip ups in their remaining two group contests against Mexico and Poland.

Messi’s rival Cristiano Ronaldo will face Ghana in Portugal’s first World Cup match on Thursday.