Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos is confident his side can overcome Benin at the Moses Mabhida Stadium when the two sides meet in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers on Saturday.
Upon arriving in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday afternoon, South Africa was greeted by jubilant spectators on the beachfront sidewalks of their hotel. The city was filled with amiable fans, delighted that the game had made its way to their province.
Aside from the fanfare, the core of the camp and the pressure it carries into their World Cup qualifying matches are business as usual.
The South African senior national team will play Benin at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on November 18, 2023.
On November 21, 2023, they will travel to East-Central Africa to play Rwanda in the second FIFA World Cup qualifier.
“When the draw was done with the groups, and I maintain this is not the worst group, but it is tricky if you take a look at the results of the past few days, and the draws that have taken place, especially Nigeria,” Broos said.
“So winning at home is important and when you don’t, you have to pick up the points away and in Africa it is very difficult.”
“We know it is going to be tough at home and away, and we know what Benin will come up with. We have trained extensively this week and we are ready, and I’m very confident that we achieve and engaged with the correct mentality. But let’s not forget that on the opposing side, they have an experienced coach, and a good start for the World Cup qualifiers is very important.”
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