CAF President Patrice Motsepe Wants Bafana Bafana to do Better Than Morocco in 2026 WC

CAF President Patrice Motsepe Wants Bafana Bafana to do Better Than Morocco in 2026 WC

Keba Mothoagae
March 3, 2023 at 12:18 PM
  • CAF president Patrice Motsepe can't be faulted for putting on his patriotic hat once in a while
  • The South African is hoping that Bafana Bafana can get out of their rut of mediocrity in the most spectacular way
  • Motsepe wants the team to somehow emulate Morocco's feats in Qatar at the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North Africa

Bafana Bafana must reach the semifinals of the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the United States of America.

That is the hinted desire of South Africa's head of CAF Patrice Motsepe, which seems rather far-fetched in the most conservative estimation.

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Danny Jordaan, Patrice Motsepe and Panyaza Lesufi. Image source: @SAFA_net
Source: Twitter

According to the Sunday World, Motsepe said:

“The talent is there, the facilities are there, the skills are there and that is why I encourage everyone, the Department of Sport, the PSL [Premier Soccer League] to work together and aim to emulate Morocco and other countries that did well at the next FIFA World Cup.

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“We are so proud of what they achieved, and South Africa should aim for the same. This country has a lot of resilience and amazing people, it is a country that does not give up. What Morocco did should inspire us. We saw the Soweto derby, it was beautiful and 80 000 people were there."

As reported by The Citizen, Motsepe was speaking at an event in Johannesburg where the Motsepe Foundation announced that it would contribute R150 million towards the development of school sports as well as other extramural activities.

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