MZANSI fans say Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has made them believe again in the national team.
The Belgium coach maintained his unbeaten record since he took charge of Bafana in May, taking six points off Ethiopia in this month’s World Cup qualifying matches to remain top of Group G.
Bafana, after defeating Ethiopia 3-1 away on Friday, beat the Walia Ibex again this time 1-0 in the return match at FNB Stadium on Tuesday to reclaim top spot that was taken by closest challengers Ghana thanks to an 11th minute own goal by Ethiopia’s Getaneh Kebede.
The Blacks Stars had earlier on Tuesday defeated Zimbabwe 1-0 in Harare to move to nine points after four matches. Bafana head Group G its 10 points.
Bafana absorbed the pressure in the second half amid the siege of attacks from the East Africans, who, following this loss, were eliminated from the play-off round alongside Zimbabwe.
In winning three World Cup qualifying matches on the bounce, it means Broos becomes the first coach to achieve this feat since Stuart Baxter in 2004 and 2005 for the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign.
On that occasion, Bafana defeated Uganda home and away and Cape Verde Island, before their winning streak was stopped by Ghana who went of to book their place in the world showpiece for the first time.
Bafana meet Ghana in the last group stage match in Cape Coast next month. That game will decide who qualifies for the play-offs. But South Africa fans have a belief that this youthful Bafana side has restored hope to the long-suffering nation that last qualified for the World Cup finals in 2002.
The 10 group winners qualify for the play-off round with the five play-off winners qualifying for the World Cup finals in Qatar next year.