Hugo Broos Explains Why Bafana Bafana Lost to Rwanda in the World Cup Qualifiers

Hugo Broos Explains Why Bafana Bafana Lost to Rwanda in the World Cup Qualifiers

Raphael Abiola
November 21, 2023 at 9:55 PM
  • South Africa's unbeaten record under Hugo Broos has been ended by Rwanda
  • Bafana Bafana lost to the Wasps at the Huye Stadium on Tuesday afternoon
  • The Belgian manager explained why his team lost to the Wasps of Rwanda

South Africa national team manager Hugo Broos has disclosed why Bafana Bafana lost 2-0 to Rwanda in their second 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The South African national team won their first qualifiers against the Benin Republic a few days ago but were on the losing side on their visit to the Huye Stadium on Tuesday, November 21.

Innocent Nshuti gave Rwanda the lead in the 12th minute, with Gilbert Mugisha sealing the victory for the host two minutes before the half-hour mark in the first half.

Hugo Broos
Hugo Broos laments after South Africa's 2-0 loss to Rwanda in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Photo: @zimlive.
Source: Twitter

Belgian manager, Broos explained why his Bafana Bafana were on the losing side against the Wasps of Rwanda, according to a report by iDiskiTimes.

"When you see the first 20 minutes it’s unbelievable that a qualifier of a World Cup is played on such a pitch," he said.
"It is impossible. But okay, it is what it is, and I think FIFA has to be stricter on the rules where you going to play, we are talking about professional football, we are talking about qualifiers of the biggest tournament [in the world], then you play on such a pitch."

South Africa are now second on the log in Group C, with Rwanda topping the table, while the group favourites Nigeria sit in third position after settling for a draw in their first two games.

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Bafana Bafana off to perfect start

Sports Brief earlier reported that Bafana Bafana ticked the first necessary box on route to North America.

Broos' side laid down a marker for the rest of the group with a dominant first half that tapered off slightly in the second period.

South Africa got off to a perfect start in their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign with an early goal to set up the win over Benin.

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