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Jordaan Clarifies Mandate For Broos

SAFA President Danny Jordaan has clarified the mandate for the new Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos.

The Belgian coach begins his five-year contract with Bafana this week, as the South Africans face Zimbabwe away and Ghana at home in World Cup qualifiers.

But while Jordaan and SAFA would like nothing more than Bafana to qualify for Qatar, it is not in Broos’ mandate.

The former Cameroon coach, and four-time Belgian Coach of the Year, has been brought into build a young team, and his mandate is to qualify for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote D’Ivoire and the 2026 World Cup in USA, Canada and Mexico.

“Look, we’ve tried to qualify for World Cup and Afcon with thirty-something (years old) players, we didn’t make it,” Jordaan told SAFA media.

“And therefore when we called Broos, it’s because he was the coach of Cameroon. And when he started, he had to also bring an end to all of those great players in Cameroon, but were over the thirties, it was also towards the end of the career of of a player like Samuel Eto’o, Rigobert Song, these are giants in Cameroonian football, and he started afresh with a young team.

“And therefore nobody gave that team a chance, in Cameroon or outside of it. And he brought those young boys and they won the Afcon. And all of a sudden Cameroon had a new generation of players.

“And this is what we said to him. His contract is until 2026 which means it’s the next World Cup.

“And so what we will demand from him is qualification for the next Afcon (2023) and the next World Cup (2026).

“And this is the beginning of that path. And it happens to be a World Cup qualifier.

“But no team plays in any tournament or any qualification without the desire to actually win it, or actually to qualify, and this he understands and we understand.”