Job done already! Bullish Broos explains why Bafana have no competition in Afcon qualifiers

South Africa coach Hugo Broos is adamant Bafana Bafana have no excuse to miss out on qualifying for the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

In the recently held draw, the 2023 Afcon Bronze winners were pooled alongside Uganda, Congo, and South Sudan in Group K. There is a total of 12 groups from which the top two teams will be guaranteed a place in the finals to be held in Morocco in late 2025.

The Belgian is convinced Mzansi has enough quality to dine with the best in the biennial continental competition, as opposed to other group members.

‘Bafana Bafana can be very confident'

After finishing third in the 2023 edition held in Ivory Coast, South Africa have played four games across all competitions. 

In the Fifa Series held in Algeria, they drew 1-1 with Andorra before playing to another 3-3 draw with the hosts. Then the tactician saw his team claim a point against Nigeria in Group C of the 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifiers prior to beating Zimbabwe 3-1 to go joint top.

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Those results are enough to convince the veteran coach that Bafana are on the right track, “When we look at our performances in the Afcon at the beginning of the year in [Ivory Coast] where we achieved the bronze medal, and also in the following games, I think we can be very confident,” Broos told Safa media team.

“It will be important to achieve our level, our good level of the last few months. We have to say that from this group we have to qualify for the 2025 Afcon in Morocco.”

Matchdays one and two will be played in September the next two rounds will be staged a month later with the remaining ones set for November.

The finals will be on December 21 2025 to January 18, 2026, with six Moroccan cities set to host the matches.

Job done already! Bullish Broos explains why Bafana have no competition in Afcon qualifiers
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