Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos is expecting a different ballgame when his side host Ethiopia in their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier at FNB Stadium on Tuesday.
The teams clashed in Bahir Dar on Saturday with Bafana running out 3-1 winners, but Broos says the atrocious pitch stopped his team from playing the football they had planned for.
Instead of using their passing game, they were forced into ‘kick and rush’ style of play, but the Belgian believes it will be a different story on the slick Soccer City surface.
“I don’t think it was easy on the ball, and that is certainly the pitch,” Broos said.
“We were a little bit afraid when the ball was coming off a bad control. You saw that in our game also, we were not confident like we were against Ghana and the only reason for this is the pitch.
“I said it before the game that I don’t understand how for such an important game, that Ethiopia is coming to play on this pitch [in Bahir Dar].
“It’s also not good for them because they are a team who plays football. It’s not kick and rush football that they play, but on this field, you can do nothing else other than kick and rush because it is difficult.”
Bafana can take another step towards the third round of qualifying with a victory, and at the same time will hope that Ghana slip up in their tie in Zimbabwe.
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