Thursday May 06, 2021. 09:44
New Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos says he has always wanted to work in South Africa and has asked for patience as he looks to rebuild the national team.
The 69-year-old Belgian succeeds Molefi Ntseki, who was axed from the post after South Africa’s failure to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Broos, who famously took Cameroon to AFCON glory in 2017, will be thrown straight in at the deep end, with his first assignments in charge of SA coming in 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe (away) and Ghana (home) next month.
“I’m very proud and happy to be the new coach of South Africa. It’s a country in which I have always wanted to work in,” Broos said from Belgium via Zoom, as quoted by IOL.
“I can’t wait to come to South Africa and to meet my South African assistant. We will do everything we can to qualify for the World Cup next year, but it can be a deception if we don’t. Building a new team takes time.
“For me, the most important thing is what happens after this World Cup… the next AFCON and the World Cup of 2026.”
The technical team which will work alongside Broos will feature one South African coach and one the Belgian brings with him from Europe.