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Bafana Bafana’s lacklustre draw sparks fury in coach Hugo Broos

Bafana Bafana delivered a lacklustre performance against minnows Eswatini on Friday evening that left head coach Hugo Broos fuming.

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The uninspiring display in their goalless draw at FNB Stadium cast doubt on the team’s ability to rally local support, prompting Broos to express his frustration and disappointment.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Broos didn’t mince his words, saying, “There were many feelings that went through my body, frustration, anger, disbelief. I didn’t believe what I saw, the first half, also the second. But the first half we played very bad, I think we had one chance to score in the 90 minutes against – with all respect – a small team.”

The Belgian coach further lamented the lacklustre performance, saying, “We were lucky that we played against a team at that level; otherwise, it should have been a disaster. It should have been a disaster. I didn’t recognise my team. We tried to change things at half-time, hoping that things should be better, but we went on playing at the same level. It’s unbelievable three months ago that that team played against Morocco.”

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Broos highlighted the lack of passion in the team’s play, stating, “You can’t believe our eyes when you see that, there was no passion, we lost nearly every duel. We played far from our opponents, and if we were unlucky, Eswatini would have scored.”

Prior to the match, both Broos and team captain Ronwen Williams had urged South Africans to show their support at the stadium.

However, their calls fell on deaf ears, with Bafana Bafana playing in front of a nearly empty FNB Stadium.

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Despite the disappointing turnout, Broos insisted that the poor showing justified the lack of fan support, saying, “We were asking for crowds, but I think with such a performance, we can’t ask for crowds. Should people come to the stadium to see that and go home frustrated? No, not at all. So again, yes, we do want the crowd, but you have to deserve it. You have to win the crowd, and you don’t do it with a performance like we did tonight.”

Bafana Bafana are ranked 65th in the world – and 13th in Africa – in the latest FIFA rankings, while Eswatini are 144th and 43rd, respectively.

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Bafana Bafana’s next challenge will be a friendly match against AFCON hosts Ivory Coast, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 17 October in West Africa.

Kick-off is at 21:00 (SA time).

Broos is now under pressure to ensure his team delivers a vastly improved performance, both for the fans and to regain the confidence of South African football enthusiasts.

Ivory Coast are ranked 50th in the world and ninth in Africa.

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