Broos pleased with Mofokeng’s attitude

todayJune 4, 2024 56

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Relebohile Mofokeng of Orlando Pirates celebrates victory during the 2024 Nedbank Cup final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on 01 June 2024 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Bafana Bafana head coach, Hugo Broos, is pleased with his first in-person meeting with Orlando Pirates youngster, Relebohile Mofokeng, heading into Friday’s 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against 2023 Africa Cup of Nations finalists Nigeria.

Broos called up Mofokeng for the first time for the crucial qualifiers against the Super Eagles and then neighbours Zimbabwe (next Tuesday).

Speaking to the media at the Dobsonville Stadium where the team has been training this week, Broos was very complimentary of the 19-year-old.

Relebohile Mofokeng of South Africa during the World Cup 2026 qualifiers Bafana Bafana press conference and training at Dobsonville Stadium in Johannesburg on 03 June 2024 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

“I was happy to see him on Sunday — he had the respect of every player. He knows he is young and must respect the players who have showed up many more times than him,” Boos said.

“He is with players who have been in the Premier Soccer League for eight to 10 years; some have scored many more goals than him.

“He was fantastic [when he arrived] but at the same time he knows there is still a long way to go. I am impressed with his attitude, and I am happy with that.”

“It can be difficult when you receive a lot of good publicity, like he has this season, especially with the winning goal against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday in the Nedbank Cup final.

“I hope he stays the same as he is now because the quality is there, and we don’t have to discuss that. He must remain humble despite the publicity around him with talks of going to Europe.

“He must still be the same Mofokeng of 10 months ago and I am happy about that [that he has been so far].”

Bafana are in second place in Group C, with three points to Rwanda’s four who top the group. Nigeria starting with draws against Lesotho and Zimbabwe has thrown the group wide open.

Written by: Ntsako Mukhari

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