Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos reckons that the remaining fixture of the CAF 2023 AFCON qualifiers’ match could be a friendly game now that they have already booked their place following the win against Liberia on Tuesday evening.

South Africa narrowly avoided another draw with Liberia. Thanks to Mihlali Mayambela’s goal that secured victory in the 52nd minute after these sides went to half time break with a 1-1 draw courtesy of goals from Zakhele Lepasa and Liberia’s captain William Jebor.

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Coach Hugo Broos explained how happy he was that his charges didn’t settle for a draw. This is because people anticipated that it might end in one and that could keep their hopes up of qualifying, instead they qualified on the spot.

“I am very happy that we have qualified because some guys were talking about a draw,” Broos proceeded to laugh while he told SAFA Media officer, Romy Titus, in a media interview.

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos
Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos

Broos continued to explain how challenging it would have been for them if they played a draw.

“But if it was a draw [and] we are playing in June, and they [Liberia] are only playing in September. You know with this program everything can happen.

“I don’t say that it will be voluntary. But it could be that in June – Morocco is coming to South Africa with a good team. In September they have already prepared for AFCON, and they have a team with less quality. So, I hoped it was not a draw, certainly not,’ he added.


According to Broos, the senior national team is now relieved of the difficult task at hand. They can use this encounter as part of their preparations for the AFCON tournament next year.

“And now for us, it’s a good friendly game even [though] it’s a qualifier. But it’ll be a very good friendly game in June and results are not important. Again we will try to prepare the team very well and be ready in January for the AFCON in Ivory Coast,” he concluded.

By Sinolwetu Tompela


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