Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has once again complained about the lack of support from PSL clubs, telling Belgian media that if Bafana fails he will likely be on his way out.
Bafana begin their AFCON campaign on Tuesday when they take on Mali in their first group fixture, before facing Namibia on Sunday, and Tunisia on the 24th of January.
According to MTNFC.co.za, The 71-year-old Belgian had a number of interviews with Belgian media before the kick-off of AFCON, and once again moaned about the lack of interaction with PSL clubs, and also made a jibe at Mamelodi Sundowns’ coach Rulani Mokwena, saying ‘he pretends to be God’.
“I tried four times to have a meeting with all the coaches of the Premier League, but I was boycotted by the league,” Broos was quoted as saying as per MTNFC.
“My letter was not even sent by the league to the clubs. You should know that there is a row between the League and the football association.
“As a result, I was denied entry to the Orlando Pirates stadium three times. Can you imagine that?
“The coach of Sundowns, he is the local Mourinho. He has won a lot of trophies, he pretends to be God and everyone listens to what he says. He criticised me because two of his players came back from the national team injured.
“[But] at one point he even had 11 injured players. The reason is simple: the schedule is too busy. I hope my players will not be exhausted before Afcon.
“I already know that if we fail, I will end up in the eye of the storm. But I don’t worry. With age, I have developed an elephant’s skin. I say it is already a small miracle that we qualified.”
Broos, the oldest coach at this year’s AFCON, also admitted this may be his last job as a coach, and said if they don’t make it out of the group stage, it could mean the end of the road for him.
“If we do not survive the group stage, I will at minimum end up in a storm of criticism,” he was quoted as saying to Het Laatste Nieuws.
“And then I’m curious whether the Football Association will resist that pressure. But honestly? It doesn’t concern me too much anymore.”
“I am almost at the end of my career. I know that, I feel that. I let my assistant do the field training, I look after mandatory duties such as press conferences. I used to always do those things with a smile, but now …
“You know, this could well be my last job. That’s actually how it is in my head.”