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Broos Addresses Retirement Talks

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has denied he will retire after the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 71-year-old hinted pre-tournament in Belgian media that the Bafana job might be his last as he winds down his illustrious career that spans over five decades.

Despite being widely criticised in Cameroon, his first national team job, he won the 2017 AFCON. The similarities with the public and media have been uncanny since his appointment two years ago to lead the South Africa national team.

Now, the veteran Belgian is just two games from potentially winning a second Nations Cup title, against all odds, with not many tipping Bafana as a genuine title contender.

In the pre-match press conference ahead of the Nigeria last-four encounter tomorrow, he was asked by Belgian journalists if he’s been thinking over the last few weeks if it is his last match or press conference of his career.

“Not at all, why should I think of that [retirement], we’re still not at the end, I said… okay I’m 71, so I think there’s moments to think about stopping my career,” Broos said when asked if he thought about it being his last time as a coach in the last few weeks.

“As long as things are going the way it is now, why should I stop? I like my job, I like football, so we will see what the future will bring.

“But I think it’s totally normal that after a career of 36 years as a coach and 18 years as a professional footballer player, that little by little you start thinking about the end of your career, but it’s nothing more than that – nothing more.

South Africa and the Super Eagles do battle tomorrow at the Stade Bouake at 19h00.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.