Bafana Bafana executed their tactical plan flawlessly, a sentiment echoed by coach Hugo Broos following their remarkable 2-0 victory over the Atlas Lions in the Africa Cup of Nations last 16 encounter on Tuesday, January 30.
Broos attributed their success to a combination of strategic brilliance and exceptional player execution. Despite Morocco’s missed opportunities, South Africa capitalized on theirs, clinching the win with goals from Evidence Makgopa in the 57th minute and a stunning free-kick by man-of-the-match Teboho Mokoena.
The triumph, which unfolded at Stade Laurent Pokou in San Pedro, Ivory Coast, showcased South Africa’s resilience and skill, stunning the 2022 World Cup semi-finalists with a world-class performance.
“I don’t think I have to tell you I am very happy,” said Broos after the encounter.
“We beat Morocco, and it is not only because we are in the quarterfinals (that I am happy), beating a team like Morocco is something special.
“This (Morocco) is a very good team, with very good players. But we did the right analysis, and I think the way we played, our tactics were right.”
The South Africans will now shift focus to their quarterfinal match against Cape Verde on Saturday, February 3.