Do not expect the South African U23’s men’s national football team to drop it’s guard against Zimbabwe in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) U23 qualifier against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Tuesday.

The young Bafana Bafana humiliated their neighbours 5-0 at Orlando Stadium in the first leg of the third and final round qualifier. The second leg will take place at the Babourfields Stadium kicking off at 15:00.

Winners of this round qualify to the eight nation tournament from the eighth until the 22nd of November where the top three will represent Africa at the Tokyo Olympics in Japan next year. SA U23 head coach David Notoane expects his boys to pick up where they left off.

With the majority of the players in this team having been through the U17 and the U20 World Cup, Notoane says this is more than just about Olympic qualification. but also getting these players ready step up to Bafana Bafana.

Notoane’s team arrived in Zimbabwe safely on Sunday in the height of the the xenophobic attacks back home, after Zambia and Madagascar pulled out of international friendlies against Bafana, there’s been a concern that SA will not be well received in other neighbouring countries.

The former Santos striker says they will leave everything in the hands of their leaders.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe coach Tonderai Ndiraya refused to blame their loss on the effects of the xenophobic attacks especially as very few Zim fans turned up on the night.Report by Velile Mnyandu