Hugo Broos has been appointed the new coach of Bafana Bafana and had a number of interesting things to say in his first meeting with the media this week.
The experienced Belgian tactician has been tasked with rebuilding the Bafana Bafana brand after their failure to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
He has cautioned that patience will be needed, and seemed to suggest it was unlikely the side would qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but that if the team did not reach the 2023 and 2025 Nations Cups, and the 2026 World Cup, then the media “can kill me”.
He also introduced his new assistant coach, the Macedonian Cedo Janevski, who is currently working with Olympiakos Nicosia in Cyprus but will link up with the side next week.
“He played for Club Brugge in Belgium‚ is married to a Belgian‚ so he’s Belgian. He talks English‚ French and Dutch‚ so there will be no problem with languages,” Broos revealed.
“There will be no problem with experience. He was the coach of Brugge I think nearly 20 years ago‚ won the cup with Brugge‚ was a coach in Greece‚ a coach of the national team of Macedonia.
“So I think he’s an experienced coach. And I have to say and be honest he’s a friend of mine‚ so think the working together will be 100%.
“I know him a very long time and I’m very happy that the [SAFA technical] committee agreed that I bring this Belgian coach with me. I think he will arrive by the end of next week.”
You can listen to Broos on this subject and a whole lot more In this week’s episode of The COSAFA Show, including what his plans for the team are.
We will also chat to new Botswana Football Association CEO Goabaone Taylor, who is the first woman to fill the position.
She has set her sights on improving the fortunes of the organisation and tells us how she will go about doing that.