Broos warns Bafana to guard against the ‘ghost of Sudan’ on the road to Qatar

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 Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos speaks to Bongokuhle Hlongwane during the World Cup qualifier match between South Africa and Ethiopia at FNB Stadium on October 12. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images
Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos speaks to Bongokuhle Hlongwane during the World Cup qualifier match between South Africa and Ethiopia at FNB Stadium on October 12. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

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With Bafana Bafana well in control of their group in the race to the 2022 World Cup, head coach Hugo Broos has cautioned his charges avoid implosion in their remaining to qualifying matches.

South Africa, who are top of Group G with 10 points after four matches, still have to face Zimbabwe and Ghana to conclude the group phase.

Any slip-up for Ghana will give Bafana the advantage.

READ: Bafana well on track to Qatar 2022

The winners across the 10 groups will advance to the third and final round where Africa’s five slots at the 2022 World Cup will be decided.

Asked what he hoped to achieve in the remaining fixtures, Broos said:

If we can make a combination of the good game we played against Ghana [the 1-0 win early last month] and the mentality and character that we showed [over two legs] against Ethiopia, I think we have a great chance to be first in our group.

With the focus firmly on doing the job at home in the penultimate fixture against Zimbabwe on November 11, Broos is hoping to meet the Black Stars away with Bafana still commanding the lead.

“If the situation is what it is now in one month, and we have to go to Ghana with one point ahead, that should be already something because that means then Ghana has to win the game. There’s no other solution.

“Maybe we can do something there, with the match of Sudan in the mind from months ago, that it can never happen [again]. If we start against Ghana with a point ahead, we’ll fight till we die, that’s for sure.”

READ: It’s easier for Bafana to win in Ethiopia than in Ghana – Hugo Broos

The Belgian was referring to events of March, when Bafana needed a win or a draw against Sudan, yet failed in their mission to qualify for next year’s Afcon finals in Cameroon. The defeat to the Sudanese cost Broos’ predecessor Molefi Ntseki his job.

Broos said in jest:

But first of all, Zimbabwe, and I hope that [Ethiopia] will give us a little present next month by beating Ghana.

The 69-year-old also told the media at the post-match conference on Tuesday that it was a miracle the technical team had built a winning side in such a short space of time.

“Little by little I found the group, which I will work [on] in the next months and maybe years. But we are still looking for better players because still we have some weaknesses in our [team]. Certainly it should be a miracle that, after two months’ work, that immediately we have a fantastic team; this is impossible.”

“In general, I can say now that we are not so far anymore from a group of players with whom I will go and work in the next months or years.”

Reflecting on the 1-0 win over Ethiopia, Broos admitted that the visitors were a better team in the midfield, but he paid tribute to the Bafana defence for a job well done in preserving three points.


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