Hugo Broos Fires Warning to Super Eagles Ahead of 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Hugo Broos Fires Warning to Super Eagles Ahead of 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Chukwu Ikechukwu
March 28, 2024 at 1:30 PM
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  • Hugo Broos has insisted that South Africa are not afraid of any African team
  • Broos made the claim ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers versus Nigeria
  • Nigeria had dumped South Africa out of the 2023 AFCON in the semi-finals

South Africa coach, Hugo Broos, has sent a note of warning to the Super Eagles ahead of their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers slated for June.

Bafana Bafana have failed to qualify for football’s biggest international competition since hosting the tournament in 2010 and the Belgian coach is hoping to end that barren spell.

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Hugo Broos claims South Africa is now one of Africa's best teams and they are afraid of no opposition. Photo by Richard Pelham.
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According to Soccernet, Broos claims South Africa’s performance at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and their recent friendly games against Andorra and Algeria show they are not afraid of any team.

“We played against a very strong team, but I do not think there was much difference between the quality of our game and the quality of the game in Algeria.
“That means we have progressed in the last few months. We already showed that in the AFCON, and we did it again against Algeria. So, I don’t think we have to be afraid anymore of playing against any team in Africa.”

Nigeria will host South Africa on June 3 when the FIFA World Cup qualifiers resume as both teams seek to return to football’s biggest competition.

Hugo Broos denies exit rumours

Meanwhile, Broos has denied rumours that he is set to dump South Africa after being strongly linked with the Tunisia vacant position and the technical director position at Club Brugge, Score Nigeria reports.

The Belgian, who has a contract with South Africa till June 2026, insists he will be around to lead the Bafana Bafana to Uyo, Nigeria for the crucial 2026 World Cup qualifier in June against the Super Eagles.

Broos was in charge of Bafana Bafana last month when they forced the Super Eagles to a dramatic penalty shootout in the AFCON semifinals.

Khumalo reacts to possible Broos’s exit

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Kaizer Chiefs legend, Doctor Khumalo, claims South Africa will miss Broos if the rumours about his possible exit as Bafana Bafana coach were true.

According to reports, the Belgian manager has reached an agreement with the Tunisian Football Federation to become the next coach of the Carthage Eagles.

The TFF cut ties with Jalel Kadri after the Tunisian national team failed to advance to the knockout stages of the 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..
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