Hugo Broos Gives Reasons Why African Teams Can’t Win World Cup in Near Future

Hugo Broos Gives Reasons Why African Teams Can’t Win World Cup in Near Future

Edwin Kiplagat
February 20, 2024 at 11:57 AM
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  • Hugo Broos doesn't see an African team winning the World Cup
  • The South Africa manager listed a few reasons why he thinks so
  • Only four African teams have gone past the last 16 at the World Cup

South Africa's national team coach, Hugo Broos, is pessimistic about the chances of an African team winning the elusive World Cup in the near future.

Morocco came close in the 2022 World Cup but fell short in the semi-final. Cameroon, Senegal, and Ghana have reached the quarter-final before.

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South Africa coach Hugo Broos is seeking to take Bafana Bafana to the 2026 World Cup. Photos by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images and Eva Marie Uzcategui - FIFA.
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Only eight countries have won the World Cup since 1930, all from Europe and South America.

When South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2010, Ghana reached the quarter-final. They could've gone far, but Asamoah Gyan's famous penalty miss saw them exit the competition, per BBC.

Hugo Broos led South Africa to third place at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. The Belgian says African teams can't win the World Cup in 2026 or 2030 because international football needs more than just technical ability.

I don't think. Not in 26, not in 2030, that an African team can win a World Cup," per SuperSport.

Broos alluded to the style of play in the South African league.

"There is no tactical discipline. Players are running everywhere. You can't do that on the international level. So, you need the discipline, you need the tactical discipline, you need the plan."

The 2030 World Cup will be held in Morocco, Spain and Portugal. The Atlas Lions, Nigeria, Senegal, and 2023 AFCON champions Ivory Coast have been tipped to do well in the 2026 World Cup in North America.

Broos urged to stay on until 2026

Sports Brief earlier reported on Hugo Broos being urged to stay as Bafana Bafana coach despite the AFCON 2023 semi-final loss to Nigeria.

Defender Grant Kekana has persuaded the Belgian tactician not to quit just yet but to help them achieve a greater goal.

South Africa are looking to reach the World Cup for the fourth time. They last played at the World Cup in 2010 on home soil.

Nigeria backed to host World Cup

Sports Brief also reported on CAF boss Patrice Motsepe backing Nigeria to put in a bid to host the World Cup.

"Nigeria must put in a bid."

Morocco will become the second African country to host the World Cup after South Africa in 2010. Nigeria could bid to host it in the 2030s.

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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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