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Broos Hopeful Bafana Will Be Ready

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has warned that Zimbabwe will be tough and wanting to get one over South Africa in Friday’s World Cup qualifier.

The Belgian coach, who will be in charge for the first time after his appointment, says the team may not be ready yet, but he is confident that when Friday comes, they will be.

Broos says they are working hard, and he and the players are still getting used to each other.

“I don’t think that they are ready now, but I think they will be ready for Friday, that’s for sure,” Broos said after Tuesday’s training sesson.

I think they work hard, they work good. There were some things that can be better, but okay, this is another problem.

“I have to be used to them, and they have to be used to me. So it’s normal.

“But what I see on training and what I ask from training, they try to do it, so I’m sure that they will be ready on Friday.”

Broos says overcoming mental hurdles, will be key as Zimbabwe will be raring to beat their neighbours.

“The mentally side of the game,” Broos said when he asked by SAFA media about his early concerns.

“I know that Zimbabwe will wait for us to beat us, they are our neighbors, there are several players who plays here in South Africa. So they will (want to) win against us.

“And it will be tough, and I hope that my team will be ready. We will suffer certainly, maybe in the beginning of the game. And this is something you have to survive, and you have to be mentally strong.

“So this is a side that we work on. And honestly, I see that it’s every day better and better.”

Bafana travel today to take on Zimbabwe in Harare on Friday, before returning home for Monday’s game against Ghana.

You can read an exclusive interview with Broos in the latest edition of iDiski Times – out now!

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