WCQ 2026: Super Eagles Were Afraid Of Us – Hugo Broos

Hugo Broos, head coach of South Africa senior men’s national football team, reminisces his side’s last encounter with the Super Eagles of Nigeria; npflupdates.com reports.

The Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana of South Africa crossed path at the last (2023)Africa Cup Of Nations AFCON, tournament in Cote d’Ivoire. It was a crucial fixture but the three-time African champions managed to win following a penalty shootout.

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The two rivals so expected to cross path again for the 16th time at the Godswill Akpabio stadium, Uyo for a 2026 world cup qualifier fixture.

With the Super Eagles having a new coach in Finidi George, fans are hoping they secure a victory not only against South Africa; but also against Benin Republic if they must stand a chance of qualifying for the 2026 world cup edition.

What Hugo Broos said about the Super Eagles

Super Eagles charging towards a fourth AFCON title
Super Eagles during a training session

According to Broos; “We were very, very close. We played a very good game. I saw during the game, the coach of Nigeria always telling his players ‘go back, go back’ because they were afraid to lose against us,” said the 73-year-old on SABC Sports.

“I think one minute to the end, the big chance that Khuliso had, if he could have scored that goal, we were in the final. And as I said earlier, if we were in the final we had beaten Ivory Coast.”

In another story, Super Eagles goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali hints on a potential move away from his current club Chippa United.

Nwabali was spectacular for Nigeria at the last AFCON, and has since attracted interests from clubs in Europe, America and Asia.

Speaking in a recent interview, the former Enyimba FC goalkeeper, revealed he would appreciate a move to a bigger club, with new challenges.

“Well, everyone would love to leave because when you are in some position, you need to grow,” the 27-year-old was quoted by PUNCH Nigeria.

Nwabali frustrated as he fail to help Nigeria win a fourth AFCON.
Stanley Nwabali against South Africa

“Like everyone in my position, I would like to grow more. I’m talking about clubs higher than this [bigger than Chippa United] because I have been giving my all to my club this season. I just wish to have another challenge at some other place.

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“To be honest, this season has been one of best seasons of my football career inside Chippa and outside Chippa,” he continued

“This season, Chippa has been nice to me and being part of this family. We found ourselves ending the season better than the previous season. This season was one of the best seasons for me.”

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