June 24, 2024

Super Eagles Face Intense Pressure Ahead of Bafana Bafana Clash, Says Broos



By: Emmanuel Ibitoye


As the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers continue, South Africa’s Bafana Bafana head coach, Hugo Broos, has emphasized the immense pressure on the Super Eagles of Nigeria to secure a victory in their upcoming match.


The crucial fixture is set to take place on Friday(today), with the Nigerian team desperate to improve their standing in Group C.


The Super Eagles are under significant scrutiny following their failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, having been eliminated by long-time rivals Ghana in the playoffs. The team’s performance in the current qualifiers has also been underwhelming, with two draws from their opening matches.


Broos, speaking at a press conference in Uyo, Nigeria, pointed out that the pressure on the Super Eagles is heightened by their recent track record and the expectations of their fans. “We’re no longer afraid, not scared of Nigeria’s ‘Super players’. The onus is on Nigeria not to disappoint their fans who missed the glamour of the last World Cup in Qatar because the Super Eagles did not participate,” he stated.


The South African coach believes the Super Eagles will be highly motivated to avoid another disappointment. “So, they have to now prove to their fans that their 2023 AFCON feat was not a fluke. We have made our mark and South Africans now believe in Bafana Bafana,” Broos added, referring to his team’s recent successes and growing confidence.

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