Bafana Bafana to return to Bloem on 2010 FIFA World Cup anniversary

Bafana Bafana to return to Bloem on 2010 FIFA World Cup anniversary

Bafana Bafana will return to the Free State for the first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup to host neighbours Zimbabwe in a 2026 World Cup qualifier next month.

The Free State Stadium last hosted the men's senior national team when they beat France 2-1 in their final Group A encounter on 22 June 2010.

On the 14th anniversary of the first-ever FIFA World Cup encounter on African soil, Bafana will entertain The Warriors in a crunch Group C qualifier for the showpiece set to be co-hosted in United States, Canada, and Mexico in two years' time.

"We are looking forward to playing this match in Bloemfontein, and we appeal to the fans to come out in numbers to support the team," commented acting CEO Dr Thulani Ngwenya, who is standing in while Lydia Monyepao is on sick leave.

"The fans play such a crucial role for the players, and a packed Free State Stadium would serve as a fantastic boost for them."

Prior to hosting Zimbabwe, Coach Hugo Broos will have the task of visiting Nigeria on Friday, 7 June, in search of points as they look to top the group in order to clinch qualification to the 2026 World Cup.

With a 2-1 win over Benin and a 2-0 loss to Rwanda, Bafana are currently second in the group, which also contains Lesotho.

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Full fixture details:

Tuesday, 11 June 2024: Bafana Bafana vs Zimbabwe - Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein