Hugo Broos explains what excites him about Bafana Bafana players

The veteran tactician has revealed what makes his South Africa team special

South Africa coach Hugo Broos has lauded the camaraderie within the Bafana Bafana camp which he believes has enhanced team harmony.

Broos has witnessed his players stand for each other on numerous occasions and feels it is one of the reasons they had a successful 2023 Africa Cup of Nations when they made it to the semi-final before finishing third.

The veteran tactician is hoping to feed off that again as South Africa face Nigeria away on June 7 before a home clash against Zimbabwe four days in their quest to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

‘A good player with a bad mentality is terrible’

“You see now also, the new guys are coming into the group and there is nothing changing. Next to quality of the player is the mentality, the mentality needs to be as important as the quality,” Broos said on Tuesday, as quoted by FarPost.

“A very good player with a bad mentality is terrible. We are also looking at a player’s quality, but what is his mentality?

“One or two players can ruin everything because of bad mentality. We have not been together for long, but you see how they eat together and talk with each other. The way they treat each other. Immediately, they adapt and they are received so well by the others. For me, as a coach, it’s fantastic to see that.”

Broos is targeting four points from two matches

Broos will hope that the good vibes will yield positive results in the two matches where he has targeted at least four points.

South Africa are hoping for at least a draw in Nigeria and a win back home against Zimbabwe in an open Group C that has Rwanda top on four points from two matches.

Bafana Bafana have three points, one more than their next opponents, and can take a giant step in their qualification journey if they meet their target.

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Joel Oliver

Joel Oliver is a seasoned multimedia sports journalist with a rich background in covering diverse football stories and events in South Africa and beyond.

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