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Mammila On Broos – Who Is The Best Coach In The Country?

Chippa United Technical Director Morgan Mammila has reiterated his stance on Hugo Broos despite the Bafana Bafana coach leading the country to third place at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Mammila stated one year ago that the South African Football Association (SAFA) should have opted for Pitso Mosimane or Rulani Mokwena to lead the national team.

This after the failure to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but Broos has managed to silence most critics by taking a squad, which not many had been confident about, to a bronze medal in Ivory Coast.

But the outspoken former head coach of the Chilli Boys suggested there’s a coach who can take them further than the Belgian, citing his age, 72, as another factor he feels is an issue.

“When you talk about the national team you must hire someone who is better than everyone in the country,” Mammila said when asked by iDiski Times, if he still feels the same way about Broos after coming third at AFCON.

“Let’s be honest, who is the best coach in the country as we speak now? It’s a question I don’t want the answer for today – but the reality is, even the players?

“We need to select the best players, Themba Zwane was the best player [in the PSL] but was not in the national team and we didn’t qualify for the World Cup and six months later he realised he made a mistake and should’ve had Zwane.

“But a ready and knowledgable person would not take six months to identify a small problem, I always tell my grandfather I don’t expect him to think smarter than me because he is old – I have to think for myself and him. I hope you understand.”

Broos is back in the country assessing the final fixtures of the Premier Soccer League season ahead of naming his 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers squad to face Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

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.