South Africa head coach, Hugo Broos expressed immense admiration for his team following their hard-won third-place finish in the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023.
Their triumph came via a nail-biting 6-5 victory in a penalty shootout after a goalless draw.
Despite facing slim odds, Broos' team displayed remarkable prowess throughout their journey in Cote d’Ivoire, where they defeated formidable African football giants on their path to securing third place.
In the aftermath of clinching the bronze medal in Abidjan, Broos lavished praise upon his squad, singling out the bench players for their instrumental support to the team on the field.
"After the Nigeria match, I expressed my pride in this team, and today's performance validates that sentiment. Despite our fatigue, the mentality within this group is truly remarkable," remarked the jubilant coach.
"The players performed admirably, exhibiting exceptional mental strength. They diligently executed my instructions, despite the challenges. It's evident that we can rely on our bench players in times of need. While I was satisfied with the players on the field, I was equally impressed by those on the bench, who provided unwavering support and motivation," Broos added.
"Their encouragement and determination underscore the unity and shared goal within our squad – victory," he concluded.
The TotalEnergies CAF AFCON Cote d’Ivoire 2024 draws to a close on Sunday, 11 February 2024, with an enthralling match between hosts Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria, promising an African football classic.