Nigeria vs South Africa: Hugo Broos reflects on past meetings

The head coach of the South African national team, Hugo Broos, has reflected on his team’s previous encounter with the Super Eagles of Nigeria as they prepare for their upcoming World Cup qualifying match. This clash, set to take place at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on June 7th, marks the 16th meeting between the two nations.

Recalling the Previous Encounter

In their last encounter during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), the Super Eagles, led by Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro, edged out South Africa in a dramatic 4-2 penalty shootout to secure a spot in the final against Côte d’Ivoire. Reflecting on this match, Hugo Broos noted the defensive caution displayed by Nigeria throughout the game.

“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 Broos on SABC Sports.

Key Moments and Missed Opportunities

During the match, the Super Eagles took the lead with a penalty goal from vice-captain William Troost-Ekong. Despite Nigeria’s defensive stance, South Africa mounted significant pressure, particularly towards the end of the game. Khuliso Mudau missed a critical chance that could have altered the outcome, a moment Broos vividly recalls.

“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 a chance against Ivory Coast,” Broos added.

Preparing for the Upcoming Clash

Broos has named his strongest squad for the upcoming qualifier, aiming to avenge the previous loss and secure a vital win in Uyo. The match on June 7th will be crucial for both teams as they seek to advance in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Broos’ Determination

Hugo Broos is determined to leverage the lessons from their last encounter and inspire his team to a better performance. The Belgian coach’s strategy and the squad’s preparation will be key as they face the Super Eagles once again, this time hoping to turn the tables in their favor.


The upcoming match promises to be a highly anticipated and intense encounter, with both teams looking to establish their dominance early in the World Cup qualifying campaign. Fans and analysts alike will be closely watching to see if Broos’ Bafana Bafana can capitalize on their previous experiences and overcome the Super Eagles in Uyo.

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