Tuesday May 11, 2021. 11:06
New South African head coach Hugo Broos is confident that Bafana Bafana can beat Ghana and qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosted in Qatar next year.
Broos arrived in South Africa on Monday evening, a few days after being unveiled as Molefi Ntseki’s successor.
The 69-year-old Belgian has signed a five-year contract with the South African Football Association (SAFA) and has the tough task of rebuilding a disjointed team that missed out on a place at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Bafana Bafana are seeded in World Cup qualifying Group G alongside Ghana, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia and face an uphill task if they are to navigate their way into the third round of qualifying, nevermind booking their ticket to the showpiece event.
“Everything is about results and if tomorrow there are no results you can say what you want, it is finished. We need to know that. At the end, everyone needs results, also me,” Broos told SABC Sport on Tuesday morning.
“I know Ghana very well, Zimbabwe is a very dangerous opponent and Ethiopia.”
The Black Stars will be favourites to top a very competitive Group G, but in Broos South Africa have a coach that has tasted success against the West African nation before.
Broos famously led an understrength Cameroon to 2017 AFCON glory. The Indomitable Lions beat Senegal, Ghana and Egypt on their way to lifting the trophy in Libreville.
“Every team can be beaten, but it is no guarantee that because I know how to beat Ghana, we [Bafana Bafana] can beat Ghana. We have to be ready for that. It is possible, why not,” Broos added.
Qualifying for next year’s World Cup will get underway in September this year.