Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos says pressure got to his players following their 2-1 penalty shootout win against Cape Verde on Saturday.

Bafana overcame the Blue Sharks to book a place in the final after the African Cup of Nations match ended 0-0 after extra-time.

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Broos admitted his team did not play to their best ability.

“Today I saw and felt that my players were really nervous. There was a lot of pressure because everyone wanted to qualify for the semi-finals, and we didn’t play like in our previous matches,” he said after the game.

Broos said the tournament has been a success for South Africa so far, having reached the semis as underdogs.

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Broos confident that Bafana can go all the way

“It is maybe bizarre for me to say that but for us our Afcon has already been a success. We are in the semi-finals. Nobody thought we would do that when we left South Africa to come here.

“There will be less pressure on us, I am certain of that. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to play the final, certainly not,” Broos added as per IOL.

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Bafana next play Nigeria in the Afcon semi-final on Wednesday.

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