SA Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan is as chuffed as the fans about Bafana Bafana’s improved results.
With the oft-troubled national team having done well to record three straight wins in their World Cup qualifying group, plus an away draw before that, Jordaan praised recently-signed coach Hugo Broos and his men on Wednesday.
Though Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Ethiopia at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Matchday 4 of the qualifying competition for Qatar 2022 was far from smooth, the result kept Broos’ team one point ahead of Ghana at the top of their group with two matches left.
Jordaan said that Broos and his men have brought renewed hope to the national football community with their solid results, which have come from a youthful team. “On behalf of everyone, I would like to congratulate coach Hugo Broos for bringing back the excitement and renewed hope in our senior men’s national team.
“While the job is not yet complete, garnering 10 points from four games is worth praising, especially with this relatively young team,” said Jordaan in a statement.
“We got the six points we needed from Ethiopia (in two games since last Saturday) and now the next two games against Zimbabwe and Ghana will be quite interesting. Well done to the coach Broos, the entire team and technical staff.”
In the final group games next month, Bafana will host Zimbabwe and travel to Ghana.
After that, the winners of the 10 groups in Africa will advance to a final qualifying stage to determine the continent’s five representatives in Qatar. This means Broos’ big task is far from over, but Jordaan is clearly happy with work done to date by the veteran Belgian coach.
The well-travelled tactician has said he is open to improving the squad with deserving candidates that he will keep scouting.
Fans were allowed into FNB Stadium for the first time in 19 months on Tuesday as part of a pilot project linked to government’s bid to improve vaccination levels in the country.
Jordaan claimed the project went well and there’s hope of the football economy being able to bounce back in the near future.
“The spectators provided that missing link within the stadium and I would like to thank their discipline and the vibrancy they created once the match had started. We are going to send a proposal to the government to request that we increase the percentage of the attendance for the home game against Zimbabwe next month,’’ the Safa boss said.
“We passed the pilot project with flying colours and we hope to improve the numbers going forward. As we initially projected, we want South Africans to get vaccinated so that we return to our daily lives,” Jordaan said.
Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League may use the MTN8 final on October 30 as a pilot project for the return of fans to their activities.