Bafana Bafana Fans Still Fuming but Rwanda’s World Cup Qualifier Win a Well Executed Plan

Bafana Bafana Fans Still Fuming but Rwanda’s World Cup Qualifier Win a Well Executed Plan

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at November 22, 2023 at 11:38 AM
  • Bafana Bafana fans feel let down again after putting their hope in Hugo Broos' men
  • Rwanda won their CAF 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier 2-0 in a soaking-wet Butare
  • South Africa have wasted a glorious opportunity to go four points ahead of Nigeria

South Africa may rue not taking their opportunities when presented. It seemed like a slip-up by Bafana Bafana but Rwanda's coach has stated that their 2-0 was completely by design.

South Africa struggled with the waterlogged pitch and after failing to implement plan B, were roundly embarrassed by the 140th team on FIFA's men's rankings.

South Africa, Rwanda, Bafana Bafana, 2-0.
Bafana Bafana were defeated 2-0 in Rwanda thanks to goals from Innocent Nshuti and Gilbert Mugisha. Photo: @BafanaBafana.
Source: Twitter

Regardless of the failed expectations of South Africans, Rwanda's coach has stated that their game plan was not simply a case of long-ball luck.

The German tactician, Torsten Spittler was quoted by SoccerLaduma as having said:

"This was not just some kick and rush, it was movement before to create some space and get the ball in the space and run after the ball. I think we did a very good match in the first half, they didn't really know how strong or how weak we are."

In the 24 hours since the defeat in Rwanda, South Africans have been lamenting the rollercoaster of emotions that the team put them through.

dinaledi aligning @____justsihle posted:

"'Bafana Bafana deserve the same support we gave the Springboks'. no they don't"

Mo@_DimpledMo noted:

"Rwanda didn't even score against Zimbabwe on the same pitch, But Bafana Bafana are getting all the excuses for conceding two goals and not scoring."

NativeofBelaBela@tsheko2020 observed:

"Tickets for all Bafana Bafana games must be free until they convince South Africans that they are worth the purchase"

Bafana will return to action in Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations on January 16 against Mali.

The CAF 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers resume in June next year.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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