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Hunt On Broos Cries – That’s How I Got Benni Into Bafana

Gavin Hunt said he met with Bafana Bafana boss Hugo Broos before the Africa Cup of Nations and explained why the rest of the coaches in the Premier Soccer League must do the same.

Broos has often highlighted his struggles to have an open dialogue with the coaches in the DStv Premiership stating he’s requests from the PSL have fallen on deaf ears.

However, SuperSport United’s Hunt and TS Galaxy mentor Sead Ramovic were among the first he’s been able to visit and discuss potential players ready for national team consideration to build a stronger Bafana.

“I agree with you [Broos needs to sit down with the coaches]. He did do the protocols right, then obviously I don’t know what happened from there, I met with him individually and he’s met with a few clubs,” Hunt said.

“I don’t know what happened at other clubs but for me, jeez, come to training whatever, there’s no problem. So we did meet before the Nations Cup, he asked my opinion about players and I gave it, it was good.

“All the coaches who have been here, when I started coaching with Clive… [we did this] that’s how I got Benni [McCarthy] in the team, I got Benni in but let’s not go there. It’s very important that the national team coach has interaction with local coaches.

“And there’s nothing wrong with picking up the phone and if someone doesn’t want to talk to him, that’s their problem, not mine, we had a long chat and we met, it was a great, fantastic, very knowledgeable man, we should be taking [notes] and they had a great AFCON, long may it continue, let’s try and get into the World Cup now.”

With Broos leading Bafana to a surprising bronze medal at the 2023 AFCON, there’s been a renewed sense of optimism surrounding the national team, which has been on a steady decline as their last medal was 24 years ago at the continental showpiece.

“It’s good for Bafana, of course, it creates interest doesn’t it, I think when we went there [to Ivory Coast], there wasn’t much hope, but they came back [with third place], great, now we need to kick on and get into the World Cup,” Hunt added.

“I’m sure they will, they need to try and keep the nuclear of the team but that’s not my department, I can only… talk about players, give opinions to him, especially the younger ones, he likes the Maseko’s etc.

“We have one or two others who should be in there, could be in there, so that’s for camps, they have Algeria next month away, should be a great experience – similar squad they can take but it’s great and we need interaction, I agree with him. Fantastic [to have it]. We had it with all the guys [except Philippe] Troussier, you couldn’t speak to Troussier could you? He was a nightmare.”

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.
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