AFCON AFCON 2023: South Africa were nervous despite Namibia humiliation – Broos

South Africa head coach Hugo Broos admitted his side were nervous going into their Africa Cup of Nations Group E clash with neighbours Namibia, but an early penalty from Percy Tau settled them down.

Themba Zwane scored twice after that to go with a goal from Thapelo Maseko in a 4-0 victory – Bafana’s biggest ever at the Cup of Nations and the biggest of the tournament in the Ivory Coast so far.

It leaves Bafana likely needing just a point against Tunisia on Wednesday to be sure of qualification for the Round of 16, and is a boost of confidence after a limp second half in the 2-0 opening defeat to Mali.

“We knew we had to win the game today to go through the group stages, so we were a little bit nervous at the beginning. But after we scored the first goal, we settled,” Broos told reporters.

“We played a good game having had a good analysis of the opponents. We showed the players where the weaknesses were.

“It is a good win, important for the goal-difference and now we have a boost of confidence for the game against Tunisia, who are a very strong opponent.”

Zwane was sublime for the 70 minutes he was on the pitch and claimed a deserved Man of the Match prize.

“Each game, I go with confidence of scoring goals,” he said. “Players that attack need to score, and I am glad to have scored and received this award. It means a lot to get the Man of the Match award and very happy to get the win.”

Namibia can still qualify for the knockout stages too. A win or a draw in their final game against Mali will be enough, while even defeat could see them sneak though as one of the best third-placed sides depending on what happens elsewhere.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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