Bafana Bafana Praised for Stellar Performance After Beating Zimbabwe in World Cup Qualifiers

Bafana Bafana Praised for Stellar Performance After Beating Zimbabwe in World Cup Qualifiers

Byron Pillay
June 12, 2024 at 7:11 AM
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  • Bafana Bafana beat Zimbabwe in a 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier to take themselves to second place on the table behind Rwanda
  • Thapelo Morena came off the bench to score a brace and guide Hugo Broos' men to a win over their Southern African neighbours
  • Iqraam Rayners and Tawanda Chirewa both got onto the scoresheet in the first two minutes of the qualifier tie in Bloemfontein

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It’s a great time to be a Bafana Bafana supporter.

The South African national team are flying high, and the fans are loving it.

After drawing with Nigeria last week, Bafana turned on the heat on a cold winter evening in Bloemfontein to beat Zimbabwe.

Bafana Bafana bounced back after their draw against Nigeria to beat Zimbabwe.
Fans are thrilled with Bafana Bafana's performance as they comfortably beat Zimbabwe in a World Cup qualifier. Image: @SiyaNgezana.
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As noted by News24, Thapelo Morena came off the bench to score a brace as Hugo Broos’ men won 3-1.

The game got off to a crazy start as Iqraam Rayners scored after 35 seconds before Tawanda Chirewa scored Zimbabwe’s equaliser 75 seconds later.

Mamelodi Sundowns’ Morena then came on in the second half to turn the tide and score twice.

Fans rave over Bafana’s performance

The national team’s performance naturally got fans talking, as many were amazed at how well the side were playing.

Bafana have been criticised in recent years, so many were pleasantly surprised to see the side play in such a way.

Here’s how they reacted on social media:

@CFCTumi commented:

"Hugo Broos has single-handedly turned Bafana Bafana into an actual team."

@Piwes__ added:

"Hugo Broos made South Africans fall back in love with Bafana Bafana. This feels amazing."

@Gowjas remarked:

"What a transformation by Bafana Bafana under Hugo Broos, wow! Even a new player like Ngezana has fitted in like a hand-in-glove. This team plays good football, to be honest; home and away, it's the same."

Broos applauds Bafana's performance

Sports Brief reported how Bafana coach, Broos, heaped praise on his men for their performance against Nigeria.

South Africa took on the Super Eagles in World Cup qualifier in Nigeria and walked away with a hard-fought draw.

Speaking after the tie, the Belgian congratulated his team for grinding out a result against a tough Nigerian team.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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