Head coach of the South African national team, Hugo Broos, has set his sights on the 2026 World Cup qualifiers…
Despite the imminent third-place playoff against Congo DR in the Africa Cup of Nations, Broos is already looking ahead to the World Cup qualifiers, where South Africa will compete against Nigeria, among other teams.
Broos expressed confidence in his team’s ability to compete, citing the experience gained from the AFCON. He highlighted the importance of facing strong opponents.
“There is Nigeria, I think it’s normal you know that this will be the team to best but after Wednesday we know that we can beat them so this AFCON made us stronger and I said already in the past that South Africa need friendly games against the big teams. That is where you learn something so those six teams we played here on this level helped us a lot and make our chances of qualifying for the World Cup bigger”, he said ahead of today’s game against Congo DR.
”This is now where we have to focus on. We have to focus to be at the World Cup, so after twenty something years we have the semi final of the AFCON, the next focus should be qualifying for World Cup in 2026.
“It will not be easy okay because I am talking about Nigeria, there also Zimbabwe , I am talking also about Benin Republic, we lost to Rwanda so that means also this AFCON shows it that little countries make a lot of progression. So it’s not an easy group but it gives us much confidence that we can be first in our group after this AFCON”.