Some of Bafana Bafana coach, Hugo Broos' quotes from Ghana. Photo: Thabang Lepule/ BackpagePix
Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos is known for his outspokenness, but the 69-year-old Belgian also dished out some quotable quotes during interviews.
Here are some of the things he has said since Bafana Bafana arrived in the Cape Coast, for their final 2022 World Cup Group G qualifier, in which South Africa must avoid defeat against Ghana tonight.
On how the Qatar World Cup qualifiers prove to be difficult for the visiting teams:
I think it’s time that Fifa does something on that. I know for some countries it’s difficult to have a proper stadium, to play in the capital [city] where we can travel easily. This cost money and it’s not easy for some countries. It may not be the same when I compare, but if tomorrow you want to play hockey, and you don’t have a stick, you can’t play. And you tell them ‘I don’t have money to buy a stick’. Okay. Sorry for you. If you are a country and you don’t have an appropriate stadium, then I’m sorry that you must go and play in another country.
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His take on Ghana having played their away leg against Ethiopia at Orlando Stadium, Soweto last Thursday:
It’s not normal that we and Zimbabwe had to travel to Ethiopia and that Ghana could come to paradise, South Africa…I’m sorry but this is paradise. I don’t know if you know Bahir Dar in Ethiopia, this is paradise in Joburg. This is not normal. This is not fair. I don’t blame Ghana, but I blame CAF and Fifa - they have to change. We’re talking here about the qualifiers for World Cup. The highest tournament in football.
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Responding to a Ghanaian journalist who asked if the Ghana vs Bafana game is a must-win to save his job:
To save my job? You spoke already with the president of South African [Football Association]?He told you that this will save my job? Can I ask [you]: You’ve [also] talked to president of the Ghana federation about what will happen to the coach of Ghana? This is our job and don’t think that I’m actually afraid if we don’t qualify, I’ll lose my job – maybe, hahaha.” Coaches come and go. And I am not at all afraid to lose my job.
What he makes of Group G permutations:
We have already done a great job. We have 13 points. Ghana have one solution and that’s winning.
The only big mistake we can make is to defend from the first minute.
If Ghana wins, we are out. But if we don’t succeed to be qualified for the next round, it is not a disaster. We are a team that [has exist[ed] for only three months.
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What it would mean for Bafana to reach the next round of the World Cup qualifiers:
When us as Europeans talk about African football, we talk about countries like Senegal, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Cameroon… but we never talk about South Africa. So, it will be a very good thing for us to qualify for the next round – and maybe – be in Qatar next year.
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