Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos. Image: Lefty Shivambu/BackpagePix

Bafana Bafana boss annoyed by bus trip and wet pitch

Bafana Bafana took a shock defeat from Rwanda in a World Cup Qualifier – and Hugo Broos has questions for CAF and FIFA.


Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos. Image: Lefty Shivambu/BackpagePix

Who could have predicted it? Bafana Bafana got beaten by Group C’s World Cup qualification minnows Rwanda on Tuesday.

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After starting the World Cup 2026 qualifiers with a 2-1 win over Benin last weekend, Hugo Broos’ side was expected to bag six points in Butare on Tuesday afternoon.

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Speaking to the media after the game, Broos was left annoyed by what was a waterlogged artificial pitch.

The 71-year-old Belgian was also irritated by a three-hour bus journey to the Huye Stadium in the south of Rwanda.

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“When you see the first 20 minutes, it’s unbelievable that a qualifier of a World Cup is played on such a pitch,” Broos said after the game, as quoted by iDiskiTimes.

“It’s impossible. But okay, it is what it is, and I think FIFA has to be stricter on the rules where you going to play. We are talking about professional football. We’re talking about qualifiers of the biggest tournament [in the world], then you play on such a pitch.

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“It’s not normal to arrive in a country and then travel three hours with a bus before you’re at the final destination – I will not say it’s the reason we lost the game, not at all, but I think those things have to change, we’re in 2023,” the Bafana mentor added.

“We’re talking about professional football, and this pitch is not professional, and you don’t let an opponent travel three hours from an airport for their destination. This is only my remark, nothing to do with the defeat of today,” the 2017 AFCON champion with Cameroon concluded.

Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana’s next qualifier will be in June 2024 against Nigeria away.