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Bafana Bafana’s Bright Future: Impressive Afcon Performance and Emerging Stars



The future shines brightly for Bafana Bafana following their impressive performance in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). Against all odds, they advanced to the knockout stages and eliminated Morocco in the last 16. Under the guidance of coach Hugo Broos, the young guns displayed determination, hinting at a revival of Bafana as an African powerhouse.

As the 2025 Afcon qualifiers approach in March and the 2026 FIFA World Cup draws nearer, the South African team appears solid and the future holds promise. Broos took charge in June 2021, inheriting a team in disarray. A group of aging players, including Itumeleng Khune, Thulani Serero, Andile Jali, Thulani “Tyson” Hlatshwayo, Kermit Erasmus, Bongani Zungu, Kamohelo Mokotjo, and Dean Furman, were still regulars but had failed to secure a spot in the 2022 Afcon tournament.

Broos defied convention, challenging the status quo. He criticized the Premier Soccer League (PSL) standards and called out South African players for their lack of recognition in European leagues. Despite backlash and accusations of arrogance, Broos had a plan. His prior experience included winning the Afcon trophy with Cameroon, where he faced similar challenges upon taking charge.

Under Broos’s leadership, Bafana Bafana has transformed. He has unearthed promising talents who will continue to represent South Africa for years to come. One such rising star is Teboho Mokoena (27), the midfield maestro from Mamelodi Sundowns. Mokoena excels both at the club and national team levels, playing a crucial role for Bafana Bafana and the Brazilians.

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