2026 WCQ: Bafana Bafana Not Focused on Revenge Against Super Eagles – Broos

Bafana Bafana head coach, Hugo Broos, has stated that his team is not seeking revenge when they face Nigeria in Uyo on Friday for the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers.

Bafana Bafana were defeated by the Super Eagles in the semi-finals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), losing 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regular time. Despite this past loss, Broos emphasized that their focus is on securing a good result rather than avenging the defeat.

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“We just want to have a great result against Nigeria because it’s the qualifier for the World Cup. We don’t think about revenge,” Broos said. “It’s a totally different game; we play for qualifiers for the World Cup, and losing the game should not really be a disaster because after these two games we have six more to play, but I would rather not have a defeat in Nigeria.”

Broos, a former Club Brugge coach, acknowledged the strength of the Nigerian team but expressed confidence in his squad’s preparation. “We all know about them, but they know all about us also. I think they will not start the game with the same mentality that they did for AFCON,” he added.

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