South Africa's coach, Hugo Broos, has confidently stated his belief in his team's ability to defeat Nigeria in the semi-final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. This highly anticipated clash between Nigeria and the Bafana Bafana is set to unfold on Wednesday in the AFCON semi-final.
While Nigeria is considered a slight favorite due to their quality on paper, Broos highlights the unpredictable outcomes witnessed in the tournament. He cautions that if Nigeria does not perform well, they could face a humbling defeat.
South Africa's team, boosted by ousting 2022 World Cup semi-finalists Morocco in the round of 16 and securing a draw against Tunisia in the group stage, enters the match with confidence.
Broos believes his team can rise above expectations and secure a victory against Nigeria. Drawing a comparison to facing Morocco, he notes the quality of both teams but emphasizes that football's unpredictability challenges the notion of favorites. Broos expresses confidence and motivation to ensure South Africa reaches the final after more than 20 years.
Despite Nigeria's perceived favoritism, the coach underlines the determination of his South African squad to defy expectations. The game is scheduled to take place at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake, setting the stage for an intense and pivotal AFCON semi-final encounter.