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Sundowns mentor questions appointment of Hugo Broos: 'We take local coaches for granted'

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  • After more than a month since Molefi Ntseki's sacking, SAFA officially announced Hugo Broos as the new Bafana Bafana head coach in Johannesburg.
  • Manqoba Mngqithi, Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach, says the appointment of the 69-year-old Belgian could have consequences and benefits to the national team.
  • However, he feels that foreign coaches have not contributed enough in the past and was quite perturbed that SAFA did not appoint a local national mentor.

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has taken a swipe at the South African Football Association (SAFA) for going against hiring a local Bafana Bafana coach.

SAFA officially unveiled Hugo Broos as the senior national side's new mentor at the SABC headquarters in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The much-anticipated announcement wasn't met with equal enthusiasm by all as the 69-year-old Belgian became the 15th coach in the last decade - a worrying statistic in itself.

"The truth of the matter for me is I just believe sometimes we don't know what South African coaches are capable of," said Mngqithi, addressing the South African media after Masadawana claimed a 2-0 DStv Premiership win over Maritzburg United.

"I think we take them for granted, we only realise very late what they have and when we give them opportunities probably, we also don't support them as much as we support the foreigners.

"We are always going to see them not succeeding, and yet, maybe, we are not giving the same sufficient support that we will normally give a European that is coaching South Africa. I think we've had too many foreigners that have not really made a big success to our national team."

Broos, who was triumphant in guiding Cameroon to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) title, replaced Molefi Ntseki as SAFA opted to sack the 51-year-old for failing to qualify for next year's Afcon.

Ntseki was rumoured to take on the role of assistant coach under Broos, but those reports were put to bed by SAFA as they announced that the former national under-17 coach had officially parted ways with the association.

Moving forward, Mngqithi believes that there are pros and cons to the appointment of hiring a foreign national head coach and hopes that when Broos announces his technical team, that it is all South African coaches.

"The truth of the matter is the development of our coaches, and our football is very important," said Mngqithi.

"Even if you bring foreign expertise, it is always a very wise move to have some local coaches within that space to benefit something from the legacy of that coach because we believe he is bringing in a little bit more than South Africans did not have.

"I will always be somebody who supports the thinking that South Africans are capable of doing it themselves. Whoever you bring in (from abroad) if you can ask him, who are the key players at Sundowns? Who are the key players at Pirates? At Chiefs or SuperSport...? he might not even know one.

"It will take him time to adjust and understand all the players that we have locally and the players we have internationally and to understand their profile," he continued.

"That is why it will be very important for such people always to be surrounded by the people who know the players better, and those should be South African coaches.

"The culture of having a foreigner with some local full-time assistant coaches, I think it will also help.

"It benefitted coach Pitso (Mosimane) a lot from Carlos Alberto Pereira, and I believe it can help any other South African coach that can be given the privilege to work closely with the coach that has been appointed," he said.

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