AFCON 2023: Pitso Mosimane Sends Bafana Bafana Message of Support Ahead of Morocco Clash

AFCON 2023: Pitso Mosimane Sends Bafana Bafana Message of Support Ahead of Morocco Clash

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at January 30, 2024 at 10:32 AM
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  • Pitso Mosimane has sent a wholesome message to South Africa
  • Bafana Bafana face Morocco in the Round of 16 at AFCON 2023
  • Hugo Broos' side are looking for an upset against the favourites

South Africa's fate in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be on the line when they face Morocco in the Round of 16 on Tuesday evening.

Former Bafana Bafana coach, Pitso Mosimane has sent his best wishes to the team ahead of their massive clash with the favourites.

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Pitso Mosimane will be watching the South Africa vs Morocco AFCON clash from Saudi Arabia. Photos by Bafana Bafana and Angel Martinez - FIFA.
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Hugo Broos' side are looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since the 2019 edition but will need to be flawless against the North Africans, who are regarded as frontrunners.

Mosimane, recently confirmed as coach of the Saudi Pro League's Abha Club, took to X (formerly Twitter) to send his message of support to the team.

"Yella Shabab! Confidence, resilience, hard work, tactical discipline and teamwork. Let's put our combination play, lots of teams struggle to stop us. Shika, Lion of [Judah] you have the extensive experience and leadership of playing these big games. Asiyeni Bafowethu!"

Bafana Bafana have won one game in the tournament, a 4-0 win over neighbours, Namibia. They were beaten 2-0 by Mali, then drew 0-0 with Tunisia in their final Group E game, per Far Post.

If South Africa beats Morocco, they will face giant slayers, Cape Verde on Saturday, February 3.

Broos confident of upsetting Morocco

Broos led Cameroon to their fifth AFCON title in 2017 and is attempting to lead South Africa to their second title, with Bafana Bafana the last team to beat Morocco before the 2023 AFCON.

African football giants Senegal, Egypt, Cameroon, and Ghana are out of the tournament, and Broos believes will be SA's motivation against the Atlas Lions, as Sports Brief reported earlier.

“It will be difficult but we’ve seen surprises at AFCON. In the last few days, big countries are home; Egypt and Cameroon are home, it’s possible for surprises. We beat Morocco a year ago in Johannesburg, and we can do it when we play our best level."

Mosimane leads Abha Club training

Earlier, Sports Brief reported the veteran coach formally confirmed his new post as manager of Abha Football Club in Saudi Arabia.

Mosimane shared his excitement about the job, posting a picture of himself leading a team training session with his new SPL side.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns manager has been tasked with saving Abha Club from relegation, currently second from bottom.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.
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