Following the 1-0 win against Ethiopia in front of 2 000 fans at FNB Stadium on Tuesday night, Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos admits their presence gave the team more energy.
With the country on level one of the lockdown restrictions, only a handful of supporters were allowed at the stadium for the first time since March 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic.
It was also the first time that Broos takes charge of the national team in front of the South Africans since his appointment in May 2021.
“We really hope that for the next game against Zimbabwe we can see more fans in the stands,” he said after the match.
“Because in a game like this, if you have bad moments, if you suffer, then the fans are behind you and it gives you energy. Let’s hope that if today was 2 000, maybe next game 10 times more it would fantastic,” he said.
Bafana Bafana are left with two crucial, 2022 World Cup qualifiers matches, home and away.
They will take on neighbours Zimbabwe on 11 November, at a venue yet to be confirmed and wrap up their campaign away to Ghana three days later.
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By Ofhani Munyai