CAPE TOWN – The South African Football Association (Safa) has confirmed the appointment of Belgian Hugo Broos as the new Bafana Bafana head coach on Wednesday at SAFA house. Broos will sign a five contract with the national team. Broos is no stranger to the continent and led Cameroon to Afcon success in Gabon in 2017 when they beat Egypt 2-1 in the final at the Stade de l’Amitié in Libreville.
Safa were desperately working around the clock to find a replacement for former coach Molefi Ntseki, who was sacked a little over a month ago after Bafana failed to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Cameroon
The 69-year-old has had an extensive coaching career spanning all of 31 years.
During that time he has notably coached the likes of Belgian League giants Club Brugge, R.S.C Anderlecht as well as K.R.C Genk. He also has previous experience on the African continent with Algerian sides JS Kabyile and NA Hussein Dey.
He then picked up his first international football team job with Cameroon from 2016-2017, a period in which he led the Indomitable Lions to an Afcon title as well as World Cup Finals appearance. After leaving the continent, he returned to his native to take up a Sporting Director role at Oostende.
Bross will build around youth
Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has announced a mostly locally-based 19-man squad with a youthful and adventurous flavour to it‚ apparently also dropping captain Thulani Hlatshwayo for Bafana Bafana’s friendly international against Uganda at Orlando Stadium on June 10.
New national coach Broos, 69, will not take charge of the match‚ which serves as preparation for the kickoff of the 2022 World Cup qualifying group stages in September‚ as he has to take his second vaccination jab in native Belgium then.
His assistants‚ Macedonian-Belgian Cedomir Janevski and Helman Mkhalele‚ will be on the bench and oversee the match. Mkhalele‚ officially appointed by the SA Football Association on Friday as Broos’s SA assistant‚ is sure to have had a significant input into the squad as the Belgian head coach familiarises himself with SA football.
The coach may also simply be keen to run the rule over new talent in the friendly against the Cranes‚ such as the in-form Rushine De Reuck, 25, of Mamelodi Sundowns‚ Nkosinathi Sibisi, 25, of Lamontville Golden Arrows and AmaZulu’s Sibusiso Mabiliso, 22‚ who were included among the defenders.
SuperSport United’s promising midfield pairing of Teboho Mokoena and Sipho Mbule were also included‚ and Bongokuhle Hlongwane, 20, of Maritzburg United was among the forwards. Montpellier midfielder Keagan Dolly and Brighton & Hove Albion forward Percy Tau were the only foreign-based players named. South Africa Under-23 coach David Notoane named a provisional squad of 40 players for the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday that included overage Bafana.
Bafana Bafana squad —
- Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)
- Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs)
- Rivaldo Coetzee (Mamelodi Sundowns)
- Nkosinathi Sibisi (Lamontville Golden Arrows)
- Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns)
- Rushine De Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns)
- Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates)
- Sibusiso Mabiliso (AmaZulu)
- Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United)
- Keagan Dolly (Montpellier)
- Lebohang Maboe (Mamelodi Sundowns)
- Craig Martin (Cape Town City)
- Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United)
- Mothobi Mvala (Mamelodi Sundowns)
- Aubrey Modiba (Mamelodi Sundowns)
- Thabang Monare (Orlando Pirates)
- Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United)
- Percy Tau (Brighton & Hove Albion)
- Thabiso Kutumela (Maritzburg United)
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