Fans Fearing for Bafana Bafana After Announcement of International Friendly Against World Champions France

Fans Fearing for Bafana Bafana After Announcement of International Friendly Against World Champions France

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
  • Bafana Bafana will be taking on mighty France, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winners, in an international friendly
  • The fixture will be one of two pencilled in for the end of March during FIFA's international match window
  • Readers fear for the national team, worried about how they would handle the likes of world champions Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe

News of Bafana Bafana being locked in to take on reigning world champions France has been met with trepidation by readers.

The national soccer team will take on Les Bleus as well as Zambia during the international fixtures window set for the end of March. The venues for both fixtures are yet to be confirmed.

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Bafana Bafana's Percy Tau and deadly French duo Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe are set to meet in a friendly match. Image source: Visionhaus & John Berry/Getty Images
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According to the Sunday Times, coach Hugo Broos said these tough fixtures would prepare his team for future competitions down the line. As per 11v11, both nations have met in four previous fixtures, with the French winning two, South Africa winning one, and also one draw.

The last encounter between them was at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, when South Africa edged France 2-1 as reported in BBC Sports.

The imposing challenge of France does not fill fans with optimism.

Anesipho Silamsi said:

"What's the point. They should forfeit the match. They already lost. Mxm."

Andile Shazii said:

"Out of all nations and y'all chose France! Yoooh! I would like to know how will they stop Mbappe and Benzema..."

Khanyisani Nkwanyana said:

"Even if France decides to play with their D squad we will be hammered!"

Dineo Sekgoro said:

"Bafana, mara why? The gents are too ambitious. SA vs Swallows FC as friendly would have been just fine. Mbape and Benzema alone are going to break the team's self-belief..."

Petrus Petrus said:

"Bafana Bafana should resign in football and focus on amapiano music..."

Geswhin Molobela said:

"We all know the result. By the way, I'd like to see Mvala vs Pogba, Jali vs Kante, Blom vs Griezmann, and lastly, Big Benzema vs Njabulo Ngcobo!"

Bonang Matheba laments Bafana Bafana's absence at AFCON 2021

While fans can look forward to them taking on the world's best, they still have to get past the disappointment of Bafana's absence at at the 2021 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

As reported on Sports Brief, media mogul Bonang Matheba expressed sadness at this fact, summing up the annoyance everyone else feels at home.

She tweeted out to her more-than-five million followers, drawing an overwhelming response of agreement.

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