Hugo Broos: South Africa Coach Not Bothered By Nigeria Results in World Cup Qualifiers

Hugo Broos: South Africa Coach Not Bothered By Nigeria Results in World Cup Qualifiers

Lukman Mumuni
June 14, 2024 at 7:22 AM
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  • Hugo Broos has reacted to the results of other matches in South Africa's group in the World Cup qualifiers
  • South Africa defeated the Warriors of Zimbabwe to join Rwanda at the top of the table after four matches
  • Nigeria, the group favourites, are yet to win a match after suffering a defeat to Benin on matchday four

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South Africa coach Hugo Broos is unbothered by the results of his opponents in Group C of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Africa.

Bafana Bafana defeated Zimbabwe to give their World Cup qualification hopes a huge boost while Nigeria and Lesotho slipped on matchday four.

The victory sees South Africa move joint-top with Rwanda after four games as the World Cup qualifiers take a long break before returning next year.

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Hugo Broos telling his South Africa players to calm down during the AFCON game against Morocco on January 30, 2024. Photo: Sia Kambu/AFP.
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Broos is focused on his team and believes their impressive run could result in World Cup qualification, as the 2010 hosts eye a return to the global showpiece.

“I don’t look at the results of our opponents, I just look to our results, and if our results are good, whatever the opponents do, it’s not important,” Broos said, as quoted by iDiski Times.
“It was important to win [Zimbabwe], not because Nigeria lost, no because it’s a win for us, that’s the focus we need to have, not looking at other results.
“You will never qualify because of other results, you will qualify because of your own results and we’re on schedule.
“So let’s go on, next year when the qualifiers start again but I think if we can keep this level, we have a big chance to qualify [for the World Cup].”

Although there are six more games left, the 1996 African champions open a four-point lead over group favourites Nigeria.

South Africa will next face Lesotho and Benin in March 2025, as reported by Sport Plus.

Broos praises super sub Thapelo Morena

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Hugo Broos praised Thapelo Morena following his brace heroics in the World Cup qualifiers between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The Belgium trainer replaced Elias Mokwana with Thapelo Morena at the start of the second half, with the latter going on to net a brace in the home win.

The qualifier victory saw South Africa climb to second place in Group C, with seven points, the same as leaders Rwanda after four matches.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.
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