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Bafana stutter in road to 2026

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Bafana Bafana were shocked 2-0 by minnows Rwanda in Butare in a 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifier on Tuesday afternoon.

South Africa had the opportunity to go to the top of Group C after group favourites Nigeria drew with Lesotho and Zimbabwe, respectively.

Hugo Broos’ charges suffered their first shocking defeat in over a year and five months.

Innocent Nashuti and Gilbert Mugisha found the net for the Central East Africans after errors from Nkosinathi Sibisi and Khuliso Mudau, respectively, in the first half.

Broos questioned how a match of a high calibre could be played on an artificial pitch.

In the first half, the match was marred by the waterlogged artificial surface as South Africa struggled to make any significant attempts at goal.

“When you see the first 20 minutes it’s unbelievable that a qualifier of a World Cup is played on such a pitch,” Broos said after the game.

“It’s impossible. But okay, it is what it is and I think FIFA has to be stricter on the rules where you going to play.

“When you see the first 20 minutes it’s unbelievable that a qualifier of a World Cup is played on such a pitch,” Broos said after the game.

“We are talking about professional football, we’re talking about qualifiers of the biggest tournament, then you play on such a pitch,” he added.

The Bafana coach believes it’s abnormal for a team to arrive in a country and then travel three hours with a bus before arriving at the final destination.

“I will not say it’s the reason we lost the game. Not at all. But I think those things have to change, we’re in 2023.”

Rwanda currently sit on top of Group C with four points from their opening two games, while Bafana are in second with three points.

South Africans, as always, are expressing their views on the outcome of the match on social media. Article by Ntsako Mkhari

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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