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Broos’ First Words As Bafana Coach

AFCON-winning coach Hugo Broos was unveiled as new Bafana Bafana coach today, revealing it will be his mission to completely rebuild the squad.

The 69-year-old agreed to a five-year deal with SAFA, CEO Tebogo Motlanthe confirmed on national television.

Broos, meanwhile, was unveiled in a press conference, saying he feels honoured to be appointed by South Africa and aims to do a similar rebuild to what he did during his time with Cameroon. 

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“First of all, I’d like to say that I’m very proud to be the coach of South Africa,” the Belgian said at his unveiling press conference.

“It has always been a country in which I wanted to work and today it has happened and I’m very proud.

“I was a little bit surprised when I saw the selections of the last games that there were so many players of the age of 30 and more. 

“I think we have to rebuild the team and build a younger team. I can give you the example of Cameroon. I did the same there, I worked with young players. Young players are motivated and hungry.

“I myself was a player, when you reach 30 you know motivation is less. After South Africa did not qualify for AFCON next year, this is the moment to rebuild the team.”

SAFA are yet to confirm Broos’ backroom staff, with president Danny Jordaan insisting “these things will be resolved next week”.

However, the Belgian tactician indicated he will work with a South African coach – understood to be Molefi Ntseki but this news is yet to be confirmed – to prepare for his upcoming tasks.

“For me it’s really important that I will come to South Africa as soon as possible and meet my South African assistant. Because he has all the information I need at the moment.

“I will also look at several games South Africa played over the last months and with all the information I will analyse what this team needs.”

Broos’ first game in charge will be a qualifier for the 2022 FIFA World Cup against Zimbabwe on 5 June.