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Broos on what makes Bafana-Nigeria clash ‘special’ for both sides

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has pointed out why the AFCON semi-final clash between Nigeria and his side will be “special” for both teams.

The Belgian tactician helped South Africa reach the competition’s semi-final for the first time since 2000. They edged out Cape Verde via the penalty shootout while Nigeria knocked out Angola to secure the spot in the last four.

The two sides will meet on Wednesday, 7 February at 7:00 pm at the Stade Bouake vying for the spot in the final.

Broos says the Super Eagles have bucked up their spirits in the tournament getting better in each game they have played. He sang praises of their striking department singling out Atalanta forward Ademola Lookman for his prowess.

He said the match will be special for both sides as they will test each other before they meet again in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Broos on what makes Bafana-Nigeria clash 'special' for both sides
Hugo Broos


“I think Nigeria is a team that became every day better and better,” said Broos in the press conference after the match against Cape Verde.

“When I saw them playing yesterday. I see they are a good team, they have a good striking [department]. There are also a few good players like [Ademola] Lookman, he’s a very good player.

“So, we have to analyse them a bit more. From tomorrow [Sunday], we start analysing. And we will see how we can use the weaknesses in this team but also they have a lot of qualities in that team.

“It’s for both teams, a little bit special because in a few months, we will play against each other in the World Cup qualifiers. So, it’s a test for both of us.”

In the World Cup qualifiers, SA will play Nigeria in June this year before they face off in the second round in September next year.

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