New Bafana Bafana coach Broos eager to reshape team around young players

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New Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos sees massive potential in the national team.
New Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos sees massive potential in the national team.

Newly-appointed Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos, who has revealed his main focus for underperforming Bafana Bafana, believes South Africa is a football nation with massive potential.

The 69-year-old Belgian tactician was on Wednesday confirmed as Molefi Ntseki’s replacement in a press conference in Johannesburg.

Ntseki was sacked by the South African Football Association (Safa) after Bafana failed to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

“Young players are ambitious and want to prove a point. I need to start from there because I want to build a strong Bafana Bafana side for the future.”
Bafana Bafana coach, Hugo Broos

However, the former Cameroon head coach, Broos, attended his announcement virtually as he is still in Europe.

South African Football Association (Safa) the new coach is expected in the country next week where he is scheduled to meet all football stakeholders including members of the media.

Bafana are expected to begin their World Cup qualifiers in June, and they are in Group G together with Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, and Ghana.

However, there’s a possibility that the qualifiers scheduled for next might be postponed to September, according to Safa.

In a statement by association, Broos had some nice words for the national team that some South Africans will definitely disagree with him on.

The new coach even called Bafana, who last won the Afcon in 1996, a powerhouse in Africa.

“South Africa has a rich football history and is among the powerhouse on the continent. The country has full of quality and I am coming to coach a truly football nation with massive potential.’’
Bafana Bafana coach, Hugo Broos.

“South Africa has a rich football history and is among the powerhouse on the continent. The country has full of quality and I am coming to coach a truly football nation with massive potential,’’ said Broos.

The Belgian has promised to build a completely new Bafana team that will make a huge statement in coming major global tournaments, such as the Afcon and the World Cup.

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The coach has hinted a major shakeup in Bafana’s set-up, with old, regular players being dropped in favour of young and ambitious players with a point to prove.

“My main focus will be to weave in new players who have hunger and desire to achieve things,” said Bross.

“Young players are ambitious and want to prove a point.

“I need to start from there because I want to build a strong Bafana Bafana side for the future.”

Broos added that: “this is a really exciting project, and I am really excited.”

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