From Broos to Finidi - Best quotes from CAF's WCQ

From Broos to Finidi - Best quotes from CAF's WCQ
Hugo Broos head coach of South Africa during FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2026 South Africa Training at Free State Stadium on the 09 June 2024 in Bloemfontein © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday Jun 12, 2024. 15:00

Matchday three and four of CAF’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers (first round) took centre stage across the continent between 5 and 11 June.

Here, takes a look at some of the best quotes from the matches;

Ghana coach Atto Addo blames himself after the Black Stars’ win over Central African Republic 

“We had problems in the first-half controlling the ball and finding solutions upfront. I take the blame,” Addo said.

“Maybe I wanted us to do too much though we had few days of training. I adjusted in the second half and deserved to win.”

South Africa players are not colleagues, they are friends – Hugo Broos after Bafana Bafana’s win over Zimbabwe

“It (Ronwen Williams requesting for Relebohle Mofokeng to be introduced) shows us again how the atmosphere is in this group,” Broos said.

“I said already that those 23 players are not colleagues, they are friends, and if they can do something for someone else they do it. Ronwen did it a year ago or something with Veli [Mothwa].

“He came out five minutes before the end and Veli came on in a friendly match. So, today he came on and he said come on put Relebo [Mofokeng], and I said that’s a good idea.”

Kenya coach Engin Firat tears into his players after a draw with Burundi 

“This could have lessened the pressure on us as we prepare for our next match against Cote d’Ivoire. But we blew it all up with a silly mistake,” Firat said.

“It’s important to avoid such mistakes at this level of the game. There must have been a communication breakdown between (Patrick) Matasi and (Daniel) Anyembe,” he added.

Cameroon coach Marc Brys on how he masterminded Cape Verde’s downfall

“We found that 60% of goals in Africa are scored in set-piece phases. We couldn’t have done better tactically and strategically in a short time,” Brys said.

“We worked on the set-pieces and we scored 4 goals from set-pieces.”

Nigeria coach Finidi George praises Benin’s game plan after the Super Eagles’ defeat

“Benin played to their strengths, they defended well and they used the counter. They sat back and tried to play on the counter and that worked for them,” George said.

“Two blunders, two mistakes and they got their goals. We brought in two strikers in the second half, but it didn’t work.”

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