South Africa vs Morocco: Pitso Mosimane, Jomo Sono Offer Tactical Tips to Bafana Bafana

South Africa vs Morocco: Pitso Mosimane, Jomo Sono Offer Tactical Tips to Bafana Bafana

Babajide Orevba
updated at January 30, 2024 at 2:33 PM
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  • Pitso Mosimane and Jomo Sono have urged Bafana Bafana to be resilient against Morocco
  • Bafana Bafana take on the Atlas Lions in a mouthwatering AFCON 2023 Round of 16 fixture
  • Morocco are regarded as one of the tournament favourites

Two of South Africa's most celebrated coaches, Pitso Mosimane and Jomo Sono, have offered some tactical tips to the national team.

Bafana Bafana have a date with Morocco in a Round of 16 showdown at the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Mosimane took to social media to emphasise tactical discipline from the players, insisting on resilience and hard work.

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Pitso Mosimane has urged Bafana Bafana to be resilient when they take on Morocco. Photo: KARIM JAAFAR
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He wrote on his X handle:

“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 extensive experience and leadership in playing these big games. Asiyeni Bafowethu!..”

The clash is slated for Stade Lauren Pokou in San Pedro on Tuesday, January 30, and of all the top five ranked African teams, Morocco is the only one remaining.

Recall that the Atlas Lions became the first African team to reach the semi-final of a FIFA World Cup, achieving such a feat in Qatar 2022.

Jomo Sono, on the other hand, remembers how South Africa created an upset during the 1998 AFCON tournament by defeating Morocco.

Now, the 68-year-old is dreaming of another Bafana triumph. He said, as per Farpost:

“We must have faith in Bafana Bafana. In 1998, when I was coach, Morocco was ranked as one of the top teams in Africa. We scored [the winning goal] in the 110th minute. We even had a red card.
“They need to be a bit physical in the opening 10 minutes. North Africans don’t like that. They will lose focus [if you do so]. But I think the coach has a plan, and he will execute it well,” he added, stressing the importance of tactical discipline."

Hugo Broos makes fresh Morocco claims

Sports Brief earlier reported that the head coach of the South African national football team, Hugo Broos, has suggested that the Atlas Lions of Morocco "may not be as good as at the World Cup".

Morocco became the first African team to reach the semi-final of a FIFA World Cup when they achieved the feat in Qatar in 2022.

Broos admits that the AFCON Round of 16 clash would be a tough one but believes the North African side might not be as strong as they were just over a year ago.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.
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