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Broos’ message to CAF and FIFA after Bafana’s shock defeat to Rwanda

In the aftermath of Bafana Bafana’s shocking defeat to Rwanda, head coach Hugo Broos has directed a message towards CAF and FIFA.

The Belgian coach, known for his outspoken nature, expressed his dismay at the poor state of the field, which he described as “very very bad” before the game.

According to Broos, an international match should not be played in challenging conditions such as the Huye Stadium’s synthetic pitch. The surface lacked drainage and was heavily waterlogged, posing significant hurdles for Bafana.

SA ended up losing 2-0 against Rwanda in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers to drop down to second place on the log standings in Group C after two matches.

The defeat also saw SA’s unbeaten streak of 12 matches come to an end and Broos has since shared his opinion on the synthetic pitch at Huye Stadium.


“When you look at the first 20 minutes. It’s unbelievable that the qualifier for a World Cup is played on such a pitch,” Broos said.

Hugo Broos on the bench for Bafana Bafana
Bafana Bafana lose 2-1 against Rwanda

“It’s impossible but it’s okay. I think CAF and FIFA have to be strict with the rules on where you going to play. You are talking about professional football. You are talking about qualifiers for the World Cup, the biggest tournament in professional football and then you have to play on such a pitch.

“Secondly I think it’s not normal when you arrive in the country, you still have to travel for three hours by bus before you arrive at the final destination. I will not say this is the reason we lost the game. All those things have to change because we are in 2023.

“This pitch is not for professional football. You don’t let opponents travel from the airport to the final destination for three hours. This is only the remark I’m making. And it has nothing to do with the loss.”

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