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Broos – World Cup Qualification Is Important For SA Players Future

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos says qualifying for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in over a decade is important for the future of South African football.

Bafana has yet to feature at a World Cup since hosting the tournament in 2010, which has been three consecutive failures in the qualification process.

It’s been a steady decline for the nation since qualifying for 1998 and 2002 after winning the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations.

But Broos has instilled the belief that they can overcome the hurdle, having finished third in AFCON in Ivory Coast, behind Nigeria, whom they face on Friday and The Elephants who won the title on home soil.

Ahead of facing the Super Eagles tomorrow, South Africa is in second place in Group C after beating Benin 2-1 in November at Moses Mabhida Stadium, before the surprise 2-0 defeat to Rwanda away from home.

“Being qualified for big tournaments like AFCON and the World Cup is very important for [South Africa], you saw what happened after our third place [finish] at AFCON,” Broos said.

“Suddenly everyone was ‘wow South Africa’. It’s important for South African football but also for the players. Suddenly there’s interest [in our players], so it’s very important again now after the performances in AFCON that we qualify for the World Cup.

“If we don’t then that puts us back again where we started, six, seven months ago, that’s why it’s important and we believe in it and know that we’re able to do it, because we have a quality team.

“But again, I said when the draw was made you have Nigeria as one of the better teams in Africa but also tricky games against Lesotho and Zimbabwe. Normally when you see the quality, everyone says yes [we should beat them] but it’s our neighbours. It’s a challenge and always different, there are tricky games.

“However, if we can achieve the level of AFCON, we will qualify for the World Cup again and for me, and for all South Africans, it’s important that we qualify after so many years and after a good performance in AFCON, to qualify for the World Cup.”

The Super Eagles have two points in two games after draws with Lesotho and Zimbabwe, who South Africa host in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.