Bafana Bafana Coach Hugo Broos Calls for Focus As World Cup Qualifiers Heat Up: “We Can Qualify”

Bafana Bafana Coach Hugo Broos Calls for Focus As World Cup Qualifiers Heat Up: “We Can Qualify”

  • Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has reminded his troops that the job is far from finished as the World Cup Qualifiers move onto the next phase
  • South Africa is second on the table in Group C after beating Zimbabwe 3-1 at the Free Stadium in Bloemfontein on Tuesday
  • The team will resume its qualifying campaign in March next year when the side takes on Lesotho at home

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Bafana Bafana Coach Hugo Broos has warned his players it's not over yet ahead of their next World Cup Qualifiers outing in March next year. Images: Issouf Sanogo and Sia Kambou/ AFP
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Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has reminded his players not to rest on their laurels as the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers action heats up.

3-Horse race for top finish

The team put in a brilliant effort halfway through the match to defeat visitors Zimbabwe 3-1 in their Group C encounter at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Tuesday night.

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With that, the side is sitting pretty in second spot with seven points, edged marginally by leaders, Rwanda, due to a superior goal difference.

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Benin sits in third place, also on seven points. However, after only four matches, the group is far from finalised.

Dominant 2nd-half display

It was a dream start for the home side after taking the lead in the opening minute.

Zimbabwe struck back immediately after England-based Tawanda Chirewa found the back of the net.

Bafana Bafana dug deep in the second half, with substitute Thapelo Morena coming off the bench to score a brace.

In a report by SABC News, Broos conceded the road to the 2026 FIFA World Cup would be lengthy and hard.

“Still a long way to go; there are still six games to play."

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Broos, who said there was a big chance SA could qualify, admitted Zimbabwe was a tough opponent and exposed many areas for the side to improve.

SA will resume its qualifying campaign in March next year when the side takes on Lesotho at home.

14th anniversary of Siphiwe Tshabalala's iconic World Cup goal

In other news, Briefly News reported that Mzansi fans celebrated 'Shabba Day' on 11 June, marking the 14th anniversary of Siphiwe Tshabalala's opening goal at the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

On the day Bafana faced Zimbabwe at the Free State Stadium, the former Kaizer Chiefs star celebrated by posting a video on social media.

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Tshepiso Mametela Tshepiso Mametela is a seasoned journalist with eight years of experience writing for online and print publications. He is an evening/weekend editor at Briefly News. He was a general news reporter for The Herald, a senior sports contributor at Opera News SA, and a reporter for Caxton Local Media’s Bedfordview and Edenvale News and Joburg East Express community titles. He has attended media workshops, including the crime and court reporting one by the Wits Justice Project and Wits Centre for Journalism in 2024. He was a member of the Forum of Community Journalists (FCJ) from 2018 to 2020.