Broos’ Contract Only Starts Today
Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos’ contract will only commence today and he is expected back in the country before the end of this month, in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers which get underway in September.
Senior writer Velile Mnyandu explains the situation in this week’s iDiski Times, which you can download for FREE here.
It was confirmed by the South African Football Association (SAFA) technical committee chairperson Jack Maluleka, who was commenting on the side lines of the COSAFA Cup in Gqeberha where Bafana are currently playing.
Broos, who signed a five-year contract to coach Bafana back in May, is yet to officially start in his new position as he had to return home to Belgium for vaccination. It’s believed that he will be taking his second dose of vaccination sometime this week before returning to South Africa to officially start his job.
iDiski Times has also reliably learnt that Broos will only start getting paid from the commencement of his contract which is from this week, contrary to what many believed that he would have been paid for the past two months as well.
The 69-year-old coach had indicated during his first press conference that he would not be in charge of the COSAFA Cup and CHAN matches and delegated that duty to his assistants Helman Mkhalele and Cedomir Janevski. He also missed the first international friendly against Uganda in June which Bafana won 1-0 with a youthful squad.
Janevski tested positive for Covid-19 just before the Uganda game and its now believed that he’s returned to Europe and would be back in the country when Broos also returns. Mkhalele also tested positive for Covid-19, on the eve of the COSAFA Cup, leaving his assistant Morena Ramoreboli in charge of the team.
“Yes, of course. The coach has also indicated that he will be going to be vaccinated and as promised, he will be here before the end of this month and to continue the preparations. Unless we would experience the issue of course, because of the lockdown that we are facing with but the coach we expect him to be here for the preparation for September qualifying games. But of course, of course he did make mention that Helman Mkhalele will be given the opportunity to take the team through,” said Maluleka.