'Zimbabwe can beat Proteas'

Former Zim captain Alistair Campbell told EWN Sport the team can beat SA again.

Former Zimbabwean cricket captain Alistair Campbell was part of the 1999 team that beat South Africa at the Cricket World Cup. Picture: ‏@ICC (International Cricket Council) via Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Former Zimbabwean cricket captain Alistair Campbell has told EWN Sport there's no reason why Zimbabwe can't repeat the 1999 heroics and beat South Africa at the Cricket World Cup.

The two African nations meet in their opening fixture of this year's tournament at the Seddon Park cricket grounds in Hamilton on Saturday.

Sixteen years ago, Campbell captained Zimbabwe to a 48-run win over the much fancied Proteas side, which featured the likes of Lance Klusener and Shaun Pollock.

Campbell believes the 1999 Proteas team was better than the current squad, which gives him the confidence that Zimbabwe could do it again.

"You can go through the list of that team in 1999, it's probably the best one day side ever assembled by any nation and they were daunting on paper."

EWN Sport asked Campbell what it'll take for Zimbabwe to win again.

"Large amounts of luck, good fortune, a bit of skill, catching a side like South Africa on a bad day… They've obviously just had one against New Zealand, so it's not a great time because they'll be looking to bounce back."

He says they just need to believe they can do it.

"It's going to be a tough one; it's always tough against South Africa. We'll definitely go in as underdogs but if we can just back our ability, not put too much pressure on ourselves, go in there and just play the ball and not the man we've got half a chance."