Hugo Broos’ squad prepares for friendly games

The players of the national soccer team are ready for the friendly matches despite their poor start to the week. Bafana Bafana coach, Hugo Broos, expressed his disappointment after his team was not allowed to use the Dobsonville Stadium, the place where they were supposed to train.

This was rather Safa not making adequate preparations. This has left Broos disappointed as he tries to build a team that can qualify for the next Africa Cup of Nations. As this week is for the FIFA games, South Africa faces two friendly matches. In the first match, it will meet Sierra Leone on Saturday at the FNB Stadium. In the other match, they will meet Botswana on Tuesday next week.

Broos’ team were beaten by France and Morocco in their last matches. What is clear is that the coach is treading lightly by not playing his team against big teams because he does not want to break his players’ spirits before the important game that affects their Afcon fate. No one knows whether Botswana and Sierra Leone will help Bafana Bafana.

Broos started well last year by winning four games – but everything went wrong the day Bafana Bafana were defeated by Ghana in a brutal way in the 2022 FIFA World Cup group qualifier.

Bafana Bafana will meet Liberia in the next Afcon qualifier. “I chose Sierra Leone because they have a similar style of play as Liberia who we will play next year,” said Broos justifying choosing a team that is at the bottom of the FIFA rankings.

“We have two important matches to play against Liberia. Playing Sierra Leone helps us in our preparations. We chose Botswana because I said I wanted two games this month,” said Broos.

What shocked people was the selection of Themba Zwane, who he had previously said was too old for the national team. Another player who was not chosen before but was called up is Siyanda Xulu who replaces an injured Thibang Phete.