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New Bafana Assistant Coach Confirmed

Hugo Broos’ new Bafana Bafana assistant has been announced on Wednesday.

The 69-year-old was unveiled as new South Africa coach last week, saying he will work with a “South African assistant”.

On Wednesday, Broos explained that he is still in talks with SAFA as to who will become his South African assistant.

Broos, though, did confirm that he will bring his own European assistant, namely Čedomir Janevski.

The 59-year-old is currently coaching Olympiakos Nikosia in Cyprus and was in charge of Club Brugge, with whom he won the Belgium Cup, as well as Red Star Belgrade in Serbia, among others club sides and also coached the Macedonian national team, in the past.

Broos confirmed that Janevski will arrive in South Africa in the next few weeks and – together with the local assistant – will be in charge of the upcoming June friendlies, which are yet to be finalised.

The head coach himself will depart South Africa on 24 May and not travel to back South Africa for the upcoming June friendlies because he will undergo a second COVID-19 vaccination and “completely trusts his assistants”.

“I am not a coach that trains the team, my assistants have to work too. I like to observe from the side. So the local assistant I choose will not be a ballboy,” he said during a press conference on Wednesday.

Janevski, whom Broos called “a close friend”, will lead first his current team into the domestic cup final in Cyprus on 15 May before packing up his bags and coming to South Africa.