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Broos Reacts To WC Qualifier Group Draw

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has reacted to the draw for the 2026 FIFA World Cup African qualifiers.

The Belgian tactician, who is currently in his home country, saw his side being placed in Group C alongside Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Benin, Rwanda and Lesotho during the draw conducted in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on Thursday.

Broos, whose side are currently unbeaten in seven games, winning five, including their impressive 2-1 against Africa’s highest-ranked nation Morocco, says he feels confident Bafana can top the group.

“The away games will be very important in a group like ours, but now a little bit more because we have five difficult away games for different reasons,” he told

“I think it is possible for South Africa to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup [as] first in the group.

“If you see the progress we have made in the last two years, you cannot compare those qualifiers (for the 2026 World Cup) with the qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. We are better now, we have a better team now. So okay, I am confident.”

The winners of the nine qualifying groups will automatically book their ticket for the 2026 World Cup, while the four best second-placed teams will play in a new CAF Play-Off tournament. The winner of the CAF Play-Off Tournament will play in the FIFA Play-off Tournament.

David Kappel
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