Broos hints at Bafana Bafana players already attracting European interest

Bafana Bafana’s impressive performance in the Africa Cup of Nations has caught the attention of coach Hugo Broos, who believes that it has opened up opportunities for more South African players to move to European clubs.

Despite being beaten on penalties by Nigeria in the semifinals, Bafana gave the Super Eagles, a team packed with overseas-based talent, a massive scare.

Broos highlighted the team’s victories against Morocco in the last 16 and their impressive performance against Tunisia in the group stages as evidence of their capabilities.

He emphasized that these wins were not against “little countries,” but against strong teams on the continent.

The coach also credited the strong representation of locally-based players in the Bafana squad as a good advertisement for the DStv Premiership, with Mamelodi Sundowns providing at least seven players in the starting XI for every game.

Broos expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance, stating, “We are a good team today, so that means we don’t need to have fear anymore when we are playing big African countries. We are good and we have to believe in that.”

He also expressed his belief that the strong performances in the tournament have opened up doors for South African players to move to Europe.

Broos sees this as a positive development for South African football and hopes that there will be renewed interest from European clubs in the country’s players.

Looking ahead, Bafana Bafana will have a chance to seek revenge against Nigeria by finishing top of Group C and qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup finals in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

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