The Citizen (Gauteng)

THEY SAID IT...

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“The informatio­n that I've gathered and analysis that I've made in the last few weeks, I know that at the moment it's a time to reveal a new team in South Africa. I was a little bit surprised when I saw the selections of the last games that there were such a lot of players of 30 years old and more. So, I think we have to rebuild the team - a younger team, and you can take the example of Cameroon, I did the same there. When you work with young players, they are motivated and hungry to show something.”

New Bafana coach Hugo Broos on his plans for the future.

“I would like to apologise to my teammates, staff and supporters for missing the penalty. It was a bad decision and I take full responsibi­lity.”

Manchester City veteran striker Sergio Aguero after setting his team on the road to defeat against Chelsea.

"We were not going to release Benni McCarthy to Bafana Bafana. Why? Because he is doing a fantastic job. Why must we sacrifice the greatness of AmaZulu which is rebuilding. We had to make them find someone else. We love coach Benni McCarthy. Our supporters have been talking and writing to us, calling us and saying, 'you dare not release him'."

AmaZulu owner Sandile Zungu puts a spin on the breakdown of Benni McCarthy taking the Bafana job.

"I would fight to the death for him. I couldn't join him at Chelsea, but I always said I would play for him the day I left Manchester United. Conte told me very directly: ‘If you don’t work in training you won’t play, it’s essential that you know how to play with your back to goal'. It’s important to meet people who tell you the absolute truth to help you improve."

Inter Milan’s star striker Romelu Lukaku on manager Antonio Conte after they were crowned this season’s Serie A champions.

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