Hugo Broos praises Bafana Bafana family spirit after AFCON progression

Hugo Broos praises Bafana Bafana family spirit after AFCON progression

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos praised his players for showing their quality at the highest level of African football as they qualified for the Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations 2023 knockout stage.

Bafana managed a hard-fought goalless draw against Tunisia on Wednesday evening in Korhogo, which saw them finish second in Group E with four points, just a point behind group winners Mali. 

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They now move to San Pedro, where they will face Morocco in the round of 16 next Tuesday, and Broos has lauded the family spirit shown by the team.

"I don't have to tell you that there's a very happy coach sitting behind this mic, and not only because we qualified for the next round, but because of the performance," said the Belgian mentor.

"You know, a coach can be satisfied when he sees his boys working and fighting on the pitch, and doing what you ask, and a coach is very happy when he sees a bunch of guys on the bench, giving as much effort as those on the field to support their teammates.

"I saw all of this today. I saw a family; I saw a team that just wanted one thing, which is going one round [further]."

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The final group fixture didn’t come without casualties, however, as reliable and resourceful right-back Khuliso Mudau is believed to have badly injured in his ankle before being substituted at half-time. 

‘Sailor’ was a target of rough tackles from Tunisians in the first half, with little intervention coming from the match officials.

"I don't know. We have to wait until tomorrow [Thursday]. The fact that Khuliso was [forced] to go out is not a good sign, it's his ankle," confirmed Broos.

"So we will see tomorrow and make a good analysis of his injury, and then maybe we can decide if he would be ready or not for the next game [against Morocco]. Let's hope he will [be]."