Breaking: SAFA Announce New Bafana Coach
SAFA have announced the new Bafana Bafana coach on Wednesday, but it’s not Benni McCarthy.
The South African football mother body confirmed today that Belgian tactician Hugo Broos will take over with immediate effect.
The 68-year-old will likely arrive later in the week in South Africa, SAFA announced in a press conference.
“After more than three weeks, there were lots of speculation who is the new coach. Today we are here to confirm that after receiving over 200 applications, we can announce the coach today,” Jack Maluleke, head of technical committee said.
“We are proud today that after the process we went through, the NEC had given the CEO a list of five names, and we are proud to announce that Hugo Broos agreed to be the head coach.”
Amid rumours that Molefi Ntseki will join Broos’ backroom stuff, SAFA president Danny Jordaan said: “those are matters that we will confirm next week, in terms of his technical team.”
Broos made headlines on the African continent after leading Cameroon to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations title but he left the Indomitable Lions in December that year.
His management career started in 1988 and he has since coached several clubs, including Belgian giants Club Brugge and RSC Anderlecht, while he was last working at KV Oostende.
The new coach will make his debut on the sidelines in the upcoming qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup against Zimbabwe on 5 June before taking on Ghana six days later.
Meanwhile, AmaZulu coach McCarthy had also been closely linked to the job and while it is known that he negotiated with SAFA, this publication understands he couldn’t agree to terms, especially with regards to his backroom staff.
Carlos Queiroz was believed to be SAFA’s early favourite but he still had outstanding issues with the Colombian FA after he leaving his role as head coach last year.