Al-Ahli Saudi coach Pitso Mosimane is convinced that Bafana Bafana are on the right track under Hugo Broos, but cautioned the veteran Belgian coach to be diplomatic in his assessment of South African players and coaches.
Bafana have qualification in their hands, as they need at least four points from their back-to-back Afcon qualifiers against Liberia this weekend to secure their spot at next year’s finals in Ivory Coast.
Bafana will host the Liberians at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Friday, before travelling to Monrovia for the return match on March 28.
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“I think we’ll qualify for the Afcon. We only need four points. And I have watched Liberia play against Morocco. It was when I was in Morocco. We will do well and qualify,” said Mosimane, who was the Bafana head coach between 2010 and 2012.
“I think coach Broos has done well by unveiling the young players at the beginning, although it is a little bit different now with the Themba Zwanes there, which is good.”
“But coach Broos sometimes says whatever he wants to say. Sometimes I get taken aback as a South African and as a coach.”
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Broos is not one to mince his words. In the early days of his tenure, he ruffled feathers when he publicly criticised his employer, Safa, his colleagues in the PSL and players at every opportunity, but the Belgian has piped down in recent months.
“But that is his own personality and philosophy, and how he looks at our country. I don’t want to go much into it,” Mosimane said.
Mosimane is back in the country as leagues around the world take a 10-day break for the Fifa international window for continental championship qualifiers.
The irrepressible former Mamelodi Sundowns coach was speaking during a media event at the high-end nightclub Konka in Pimville, Soweto, where he was announced as an ambassador for the Nedbank Cup.