Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos dismisses AFCON qualifier nerves ahead of Morocco clash

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"It's a big qualifier because Morocco are a very good team and it's the first game of the qualifiers," Broos told SAFA's media team. "The first game of the qualifiers and the first game is always important.

"It's a tricky situation," he added. "At the moment, Zimbabwe is out and I heard left and right that 'it will be easier now.' Nothing is easy. Even the games against [fellow Group K side] Liberia will not be easy.

"We have to play those games and be at the best level to win those games. Again, one more or one less, it changes things a little bit, and if we win twice in September then we qualify, but you have to win twice. It's always the same thing, you have to win the games."

Despite the magnitude of the occasion, Broos has played down the suggestion of any nerves in Morocco as his side looks to embark on a strong qualification campaign ahead of next year's tournament in Ivory Coast.

"I am never nervous before a game, never," the Belgian tactician revealed. "The nerves start about two hours before the kick-off and then you are a little bit tense but it's normal because you want to win the game. But real stress, no, I don't know it."

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