South Africa: Why Bafana Bafana must be meticulous ahead of AFCON 2025 qualifiers


Hugo Broos’ recent achievements with South Africa’s Bafana Bafana have sparked a renewed sense of optimism and ambition among the former African champions.

Broos, who guided the team to an unexpected podium finish at the recent TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), has been instrumental in reviving the team’s fortunes on the continental stage.

This remarkable accomplishment has ignited hopes of Bafana Bafana reclaiming their dominance, a glory they last experienced during their historic 1996 victory.

The South Africans have been drawn in Group K for the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON Morocco 2025 qualifiers, alongside Uganda, Congo, and South Sudan.

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos. PHOTO: Courtesy,X

This group presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities, prompting Broos to approach the task with a blend of optimism and caution.

“When I look at our group in the qualifiers for the 2025 AFCON in Morocco, I think I can be satisfied with the draw but also very careful,” Broos stated.

“First of all, we have Uganda, and they are a very powerful team, very difficult to play against. So we have to achieve our best level against them.”

The Ugandan team is known for its physicality and resilience, making them a formidable opponent. Broos acknowledges the need for Bafana Bafana to be at their best to secure points against such a tough adversary.

“Secondly, we have Congo, and they are more of a technical team, and very dangerous when they play at home. So there also, again, we need a very good performance,” Broos added.

Congo’s technical prowess and home advantage pose a significant threat, demanding tactical astuteness and flawless execution from the South Africans to emerge victorious.

“Lastly, we have South Sudan, and for me, they are a completely unknown quantity. It will be very important to have a good analysis of that opponent so that we do not lose too many points against them because it can be very important,” Broos concluded.

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos. PHOTO: Courtesy,X

The unpredictability of South Sudan means thorough preparation and scouting will be crucial to avoid any slip-ups that could jeopardize Bafana Bafana’s qualification hopes.

The qualifiers are scheduled to take place between September and November 2024. The top two teams from each of the eleven groups, excluding Group B where host nation Morocco competes, will secure their spots in the tournament set to take place in Morocco from December 21, 2025, to 18J anuary next year.

With Broos at the helm, South Africa’s journey to AFCON 2025 is filled with cautious optimism.

His past success with Cameroon, where he led the Indomitable Lions to their fifth continental crown, adds to the belief that he can guide Bafana Bafana back to the summit of African football.

However, the road ahead is fraught with challenges, and meticulous preparation will be key to achieving their goals.

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