The Citizen (Gauteng)

Broos’ Bafana mandate will be to rebuild the squad

- Jonty Mark

Hugo Broos was expected in South Africa yesterday evening, to begin his stint as the head coach of Bafana Bafana.

Safa CEO Tebogo Motlanthe told Phakaaathi yesterday that all that remained in terms of his contract was for the 69-year-old Belgian to put pen to paper.

Motlanthe had previously said that the new coach would be expected to qualify for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar, but admitted that Broos would not be mandated to do so in the terms of his contract.

“Of course we still want to qualify, but we will not hold him to it, especially as he says he wants to rebuild. The discussion will be about rebuilding.”

Broos has previously said he wants to build a young Bafana Bafana team, indicating that making it to Qatar should not be the be-all and end-all.

The Belgian did a similar job with Cameroon, guiding them to the Africa Cup of Nations title in 2017.

“I take the example of Cameroon, I did the same there, when I worked with young players, who were motivated and hungry to show themselves,” said Broos last week on his announceme­nt as the new head coach.

Motlanthe added that he had not spoken to Carlos Queiroz about the position, even though at one stage the Portuguese coach was strongly rumoured to be the favourite.

The Safa CEO, indeed, insists Queiroz was not on the five-man shortlist presented to the Safa National Executive Committee.

“The technical committee presented five names in no order and said ‘here are the five names, talk and hear who wants what’,” said Motlanthe.

Motlanthe did admit he had spoken to Benni McCarthy about the position.

The Safa CEO also noted Broos’ commitment to the cause, with the DR Congo also expecting to announce him as their new head coach last week.

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