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    AFCON 2023: Broos believes Bafana Bafana can be surprising in the upcoming games

    Coach Hugo Broos expresses a familiar optimism for Bafana Bafana, drawing parallels to his successful stint with Cameroon in 2017 when they clinched the Africa Cup of Nations title. As the boys gear up to face Mali in their tournament opener in Korhogo on Tuesday, Broos reflects on the underdog status that fuelled Cameroon’s triumph, hoping to replicate the feat with a talented yet underachieving South African squad.

    Recalling the unexpected victory with Cameroon, Broos shares his eagerness to experience that unique joy again. Despite acknowledging the challenging pool that includes formidable opponents like third-ranked Tunisia and Namibia, he emphasizes the importance of translating optimism into on-field performance.

    Broos acknowledges the difficulty of facing a Mali side with a majority of players competing in top European leagues, contrasting with his predominantly locally based squad. While recognizing the advantage of overseas experience, he underscores that a team’s strength goes beyond the location of its players.

    With only three overseas-based players in the squad, Broos acknowledges the tough task ahead but remains focused on showcasing South Africa’s strength. He highlights the significance of starting the competition on a positive note against Mali, emphasizing that a victory could set the tone for their Afcon campaign.

    Percy Tau, a key player for Bafana, is expected to play a crucial role with his experience and quality. Anticipating a challenging match against Aliou Dieng, his Al Ahly teammate from Mali, Tau expresses the team’s grounded confidence and determination to achieve something special in the tournament.

    Looking ahead to the tough group fixtures against Namibia and Tunisia, Tau remains optimistic, emphasizing the team’s belief in their abilities. The camaraderie between teammates is evident as Tau playfully mentions discussions in the dressing room about potential goal celebrations, adding a touch of excitement to the upcoming clash against Mali.

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