South Africa coach Hugo Broos has bragged that his side, Bafana Bafana will qualify for the 2026 World Cup ahead of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
To get to the World Cup to be hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada, Bafana will have to navigate through this group with Nigeria being the high-profile team.
It is a tough test for Bafana coach Hugo Broos who failed to guide the team to the last World Cup finals. The Belgian is hard-pressed to lead the team to the next global tournament after helping South Africa to a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations finals as his first qualification for a major competition while in charge of the team.
“The away games will be very important in a group like ours, but now a little bit more because we have five difficult away games for different reasons,” Broos told the Safa media.
“I think it is possible for South Africa to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup first in the group.
“If you see the progress we have made in the last two years, you cannot compare those qualifiers (for the 2026 World Cup) with the qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
“We are better now, we have a better team now. So okay, I am confident (we will qualify).”
Bafana Bafana are drawn in Group C along with Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Benin, Rwanda and Lesotho and group winners will qualify for the World Cup.