There were mixed reactions on social media to the unveiling of Belgian tactician Hugo Broos as the new Bafana Bafana coach on Wednesday.
While some hailed him as the man to lead Bafana to new heights, others questioned his appointment.
Broos, who led Cameroon to the 2017 Afcon title, has been without a job since he left Belgian side Oostende as a caretaker coach in 2019.
One social media user said he would have preferred Benni McCarthy to take over the vacant post while another called for the Belgian to be given a chance to prove himself.
Still not convinced that he's the right man to take us forward but we'll just have to wait and see.— Tseke Kgatuke (@KgatukeTseke) May 5, 2021
We need to support the new coach as South Africans...Our players and coaches want to trade in Europe so why is a problem when European want to also work here?— Thipakgolo Maleka (@Thipakgolo2) May 5, 2021
The 69-year-old was handed a five-year contract. His first task is to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar and the 2026 global showpiece in the US, Canada and Mexico.
Bafana have been without a coach since March when Molefi Ntseki was axed after failing to qualify for the Afcon. Initially, Safa wanted to appoint Carlos Queiroz but he declined the offer. It also appears the association was unable to convince McCarthy to take over the national team.
Broos, who is expected to arrive in the country next week, addressed the media via a video call from his home in Europe.
“I am very happy to be announced as the Bafana coach. I have always wanted to work in South Africa,” Broos said. “The analysis I have made, it is a moment to build a new team for South Africa.
“I was surprised to see players of 30 and more selected in the previous games. We need to rebuild a new team and it can take an example from Cameroon. When you work with young players they are hungry and motivated.
“After South Africa failed to qualify for Afcon this is the moment to rebuild the team with young players. It won’t be easy to qualify for the World Cup with a new team. We will do everything [we can] to qualify for the World Cup [in Qatar] but it can’t be a deception if we don’t,” Broos said.