South Africa’s qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) has delighted football fans. This came after South Africa defeated Liberia 2-1 on Tuesday night at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Complex. Zakhele Lepasa and Mihlili Mayambela scored the goals that gave Bafana Bafana victory in the first and second halves of the game, respectively.
Williams Jebor’s goal gave Liberia some optimism, but Bafana Bafana held their lead and prevented a repeat of the game from last week in Soweto, which ended with a score of two goals each for both countries.
Now that the qualifying rounds are over, South Africa and Morocco—who are now leading Group K—will attend the Afcon, which will be held in Ivory Coast. Although it is not something to be celebrated, people are pleased because Bafana Bafana last competed in the Afcon in 2019.
Hugo Broos did one of the key reasons he was hired by the South African Football Association (Safa) for after failing to qualify last year due to dissatisfaction with the officiating in the game against Ghana. He was quite unhappy in the game at Orlando Stadium, but he had faith in his team’s ability to defeat Liberia in front of their supporters. He is now ecstatic since it happened.
“The fact that Liberia relied heavily on strength made the game challenging. Players who were prepared for the game today helped us win,” said Broos, who was under pressure before to the most recent game.
“I am quite pleased with how Bafana Bafana performed. They fought all the way through the game. We arrived in Liberia aware of their style of play. We were aware that using players like Maela and Mayambela would enable us to counteract the strength-based Liberian players in the game,” said Broos, who is eyeing a place in the Afcon finals early in the next year.
He had previously declared that if he did not lead Bafana Bafana to the Afcon, he should be crucified. In addition, he declared that if he does not advance to the finals, he should be crucified. “This is a nation that need to participate frequently at Afcon. Why it has not played in recent years is a mystery to me. Before we compete in the next Afcon, we need to play with nations from which we may benefit. Kill me, I say, if we do not make it to the Afcon finals,” Broos exclaimed with excitement after the game.