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Broos raises major concern over Rwanda pitch

Ahead of the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers clash between Rwanda and Bafana Bafana, Hugo Broos has raised concerns about the quality of the pitch at Huye Stadium.

Broos expressed his dissatisfaction with the pitch after viewing footage of Rwanda’s recent matches.

He described the pitch as “very, very bad” for a World Cup qualifier. Broos is concerned that the poor condition of the pitch could negatively impact Bafana’s performance.

The Bafana coach is worried the lack of maintenance of the pitch could make it difficult for his players to control the ball and play their usual game.

Heading into the encounter on Tuesday, Bafana are a motivated side after defeating Benin 2-1 in their opener on Saturday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

On the other hand, Rwanda will be aiming to register their first victory following a dull 0-0 draw against Zimbabwe last time out.


Broos has criticised the state of the Huye Stadium pitch calling on the football governing body [FIFA] to start monitoring the stadiums.

“When I saw the images of the game of Rwanda against Zimbabwe and for the qualifiers for AFCON, I see a very very bad pitch, synthetic pitch,” said Hugo Broos.

Bafana Bafana players during a match in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers
Bafana Bafana players during a match in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers

“I think it’s time that CAF or FIFA put good rules about traveling and also about the stadiums.

“There is nothing wrong with the synthetic grass or pitch. We had one in Liberia, it was new generation synthetic, nobody complained about it, it was good.”


Broos further revealed that he anticipates a difficult encounter on Tuesday saying it will be like they are playing on the streets.

“It’s very difficult to play good football here, it will be more of fighting football here,” added Broos.

“Here is a synthetic pitch that may be 20 or 25 years old, very bad maintenance. It’s like you playing on the streets and it’s hard. There are many bounces on the ball when you see the games of Rwanda.”

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