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Bafana Bafana team against Morocco in the Afcon 2023 last 16. Image: BackpagePix

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Nigeria coach on what he wants against Bafana

What a thrilling performance from Bafana Bafana against Cape Verde. Up next for South Africa are Nigeria in the Afcon 2023 semi-finals.

06-02-24 09:45
Bafana legend on how to win Afcon - Nigeria. Thapelo Maseko - Hugo Broos
Bafana Bafana team against Morocco in the Afcon 2023 last 16. Image: BackpagePix

Bafana Bafana have made South Africans supremely proud, thanks to a win over Cape Verde in the Afcon 2023 quarter-final game on Saturday night in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast. Here’s an early preview ahead of the semi-finals against Nigeria.

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The game ended goalless after 90 minutes and 30 minutes of extra time, where Williams delivered a staggering save to deny Gilson Tavares a winner in the 88th minute.

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Bafana went on to win the penalty kicks 2-1, a very unusual score in the shootouts right? Well, no goalkeeper in a major tournament has ever saved four out of five penalties before.

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Coach Hugo Broos admitted that the tension of the match caused him to age a few more years, but Man of the Match Williams saved the night.

“Let’s say six hours ago I was 71, now I’m 75,” Broos said as quoted by iDiskiTimes.

“It was a stressful game, certainly the penalties. You know what happens when you have to take penalties, it’s a very special situation for the players,” the Bafana mentor added.

“Sometimes you do a little game after training, taking penalties and nearly no player misses a penalty but you see today what happened, not only with us but also the players from Cape Verde. That means, we can be happy, but players want to get a penalty. We were, not lucky because we had a very good keeper today. If you can save four penalties, this is not luck anymore. You can save one, but four, this is not luck.

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“He did not only that, he saved us two minutes before the end with a player that was alone infront of him. Yes, he was Man of the match. I think we could choose nobody else, because he is really Man of the Match,” the Bafana tactician concluded.

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Speaking to the media after beating Angola 1-0 in the last eight, coach José Peseiro wants to see a lethal frontline against South Africa.

“Once again we played (against Angola in the quarterfinals) without conceding, scored a goal, but I would have liked more. The team could have created more opportunities,” Peseiro said, as quoted by SuperSport.

“We are a quality team, Angola was very good, but we had more luck. I remain satisfied with my players but want us to be more efficient (in attack),” the Portguese coach added.

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Meanwhile, Bafana will battle the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the semifinals on Wednesday at 19:00.