Bafana Bafana Head Coach Hugo Broos has pledged his commitment to take the national team to the 2026 World Cup.
"I will do everything and even more than everything to qualify the team in September for Afcon next year. And I will do everything to be at the 2026 World Cup," Broos told SABC.
The Belgian coach was speaking at a congress held at SAFA House on Saturday where, in his apology to the nation for his criticism of the standard of the DStv Prem, he also reiterated his commitment to the success of Bafana Bafana.
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"I know the potential of this country. We can make it happen," added Broos.
The 2026 World Cup will be held across various cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Before that, Bafana Bafana’s next match is a crucial Group K encounter with Liberia scheduled for 17 September.
A week later Bafana will travel to West Africa for the away clash of the fixture. The results of these encounters will decide if Bafana will be joining Africa’s elite at the 2023 Afcon to be held in the Ivory Coast next year.
Despite his optimism, Broos is under no illusions about the mammoth task before him.
"I think we are on the right way, but there is still a lot of work to do. I hope that this country will be with us to change some things, things that we have to change," he continued.
"We need everybody in this country, not only me or Safa, everybody who can help has to help us. I am sure we can succeed and bring South Africa to be present at every Afcon and take them to the 2026 World Cup."
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