Hugo Broos raving about Bafana's quality ahead of AFCON qualifier

Hugo Broos raving about Bafana's quality ahead of AFCON qualifier

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos is excited by what he’s seen in this week’s camp ahead of tomorrow’s 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia at the Orlando Stadium.

Broos, who believes he’s assembled his strongest Bafana team yet, says his selection, particularly the attack, is in very good shape judging from his training sessions this week. 

Speaking to the media this afternoon, the 70-year-old says they are coming to tomorrow’s game high on confidence.

"Yes, yes, and again, it's not only the strikers we follow, it's also the other players. I think the players who are now here are players in good shape," acknowledged Broos.

"They are playing well for their [respective club] teams also – players from [Mamelodi] Sundowns in the CAF Champions League, with fantastic experience, and the players abroad are also scoring.

"Take [Mihlali] Mayambela, he's not a standard player but when he comes in, he's scored. So, yeah, these are all positive things for this group, which make them stronger and the possibilities more than before.

"Again, it has to give us a feeling of confidence to start tomorrow's game."

2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finalists Morocco currently top Group K with six points from two matches after beating Bafana Bafana 2-1 and Liberia 2-0 in the first two matches. 

With Zimbabwe suspended by FIFA, Bafana could qualify for the AFCON finals in Ivory Coast next year, with just four points in their two matches against Liberia, but Broos says they want more than that.

"I can only say that things are going very well in camp, I see a group that's very motivated and I'm very happy with the work done in training, so that makes me confident for tomorrow's game," he added.

"The target, firstly, is to win the game tomorrow, and let's hope with a few goals' difference because that makes, for example, if we win 2-0, that we go to +1 goal difference and they'll be -4.

"So, if it will be a draw in Monrovia after tomorrow's victory, we'll have four points and they'll have one, and will have to win with many goals against Morocco, which is normally not possible.

"So, therefore, again, we need to target, firstly, tomorrow's game and then hopefully we can have a victory with a few goals' difference."

Kick-off is set for 18:00, with the game to be broadcast LIVE on SABC Sport on DTT Channel 4, Openview 124, SABC 3, SABC Radio Stations, SABC+ and