Bafana Bafana coach Broos anticipates 'mental battle' in AFCON 2023 bronze medal game

South Africa coach Hugo Broos expressed his anticipation of a mentally challenging match against DR Congo in the third-place decider of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 9 Feb 2024,
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South Africa coach Hugo Broos

 

The clash for the bronze medal is expected to test the teams' mental strength.

Following their elimination in the semifinals on Wednesday, South Africa and DR Congo will compete for the AFCON 2023 bronze medal on Saturday.

The Bafana Bafana suffered a loss to Nigeria in a penalty shootout, while DR Congo was defeated 1-0 by hosts Cote d'Ivoire.

"We delivered an outstanding performance against Nigeria, reaffirming our status as a formidable team," Broos remarked during the pre-game press conference.

He acknowledged the disappointment of exiting the tournament after a strong showing, emphasizing the magnitude of the letdown.

"The upcoming game holds a special significance. It will largely depend on which team can recover mentally, as both sides experienced the difficulty of losing under such circumstances," concluded the Belgian football tactician.

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Group A W D L P
Nigeria
2 1 0 7
Equatorial Guinea
2 1 0 7
Cote d Ivoire
1 0 2 3
Guinea Bissau
0 0 3 0
Group B W D L P
Cape Verde
2 1 0 7
Egypt
0 3 0 3
Ghana
0 2 1 2
Mozambique
0 2 1 2
Group C W D L P
Senegal
3 0 0 9
Guinea
1 1 1 4
Cameroon
1 1 1 4
Gambia
0 0 3 0
Group D W D L P
Angola
2 1 0 7
Burkina Faso
1 1 1 4
Mauritania
1 0 2 3
Algeria
0 2 1 2
Group E W D L P
Mali
1 2 0 5
South Africa
1 1 1 4
Namibia
1 1 1 4
Tunisia
0 2 1 2
Group F W D L P
Morocco
2 1 0 7
DR Congo
0 3 0 3
Zambia
0 2 1 2
Tanzania
0 2 1 2