Newly appointed Bafana Bafana the head coach Hugo broos was greeted on Monday by SAFA President Danny jordaan as he arrived in South Africa to prepare to lead the team in their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.
The Belgian confirmed he landed at OR Tambo International Airport at 9:30 p.m. Monday evening after being named 19th head coach of Bafana Bafana on a five-year contract until 2026.
In his first interview with SABC SportBroos reiterated his drastic plan to rebuild the senior men’s national team into a youth-centric team.
The 69-year-old man, during his unveiling, revealed that failure to qualify for next year’s Afcon 2021 tournament in Cameroon presented the perfect time to rebuild what he called an aging Bafana Bafana squad.
“I was a little surprised when I saw the recent caps in the last few games that there were so many players aged 30 and over. I think we have to rebuild the squad into a much younger squad and where I can use the example of my previous experience in Cameroon, I did the same there. ”New head coach of Bafana Bafana – Hugo Broos
Broos added that his personal experience in the game had motivated his decision, which he said would take time to show dividends, the next World Cup qualifiers might come too soon.
“Even myself as a player I can say that when I was over 30 I lost a bit of that less motivation and hunger and you just end up being happy to be there with the national team, ”added Broos.
“Now that South Africa hasn’t qualified for next year’s Afcon tournament, it’s time to build a new and younger squad.
“This young team may struggle to qualify for the World Cup, but may be ready for the next Afcon.”
However, Broos received a welcome boost as the 2022 World Cup qualifiers have been postponed by FIFA until September due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
“Due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the African #WCQ to be played in June 2021 has been postponed”, Confirmed by FIFA.
“These #WorldCup 2022 qualifiers are now scheduled in the existing windows of September, October and November 2021 and March 2022.”
Broos will now undertake the task of putting together his technical team, which will be confirmed on Tuesday, which will include an international assistant coach and a second local assistant.