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Bafana give us reason to hope

Bafana Bafana supporters are experiencing an unfamiliar feeling this week: hope. This, after the men’s senior national team beat Ethiopia in two World Cup qualifiers on the trot. The first came on Saturday at Ethiopia’s Bahir Dar Stadium – Bafana won by three goals to one; the second was on Tuesday at FNB Stadium in Joburg and only one goal (an own goal by Ethiopia) separated the teams. It was enough to take South Africa to the top of their group in the African qualifying rounds for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. 😁 New coach Hugo Broos will likely be cautiously optimistic after the wins, as well as other solid recent performances. It’s too early to suggest the Belgian might be just what the doctor ordered for a team that’s perpetually failed to impress in recent years. Still, it is good to see Bafana putting some wins behind their name.

The Joburg game may not have been exciting on the pitch, but it was wonderful to see some fans back in the stadium: 2000 people were permitted to attend in person, as long as they presented proof that they’d been vaccinated against Covid-19. It’s another step towards normality in a world where Covid will unfortunately remain a reality. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 14 October 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.