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Football - South Africa: Hugo Broos apologizes for his controversial statement

Football - South Africa: Hugo Broos apologizes for his controversial statement

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos recently said that the South African league is not good enough. The statement was not well received by Bafana Bafana fans. The Belgian coach has been in the eye of the storm ever since and has apologized, according to SABC Sport.

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has been under fire from fans for saying that the South African league is too weak. The Belgian coach has been under fire ever since. Accused of being disrespectful, the 70-year-old apologized, according to South African sports broadcaster SABC Sport.

"I want to apologize if my statement last Tuesday was disrespectful to this nation. It was not my intention, certainly not. I came here a year ago and the only thing I want is for South African football to improve. I think we are on the right track, but there is still a lot of work to do. I hope this country will be with us to change some things, things we need to change," the 70-year-old was quoted by Africafootunited as saying.

"When I compare South Africa to Cameroon, the potential is 10 times greater.
Hugo Broos later promised to do everything to improve football in South Africa. "We have to make football more professional. I am just speaking from my experience. I am European and things are different in Europe than here in Africa. I also have African experience. I worked two years in Cameroon, and when I compare South Africa to Cameroon, the potential is 10 times bigger," he said.

The former coach of the Indomitable Lions has also displayed his ambitions with Bafana Bafana. "I will do everything possible to qualify the team in September for the AFCON 2023. And I will do everything to be present at the World Cup in 2026. I know the potential of this country... we can do it."

Hugo Broos took charge of the South African national team in May 2021. His goal is to qualify Bafana Bafana for the next Africa Cup of Nations. South Africa is in second place in Group K behind Morocco. They will face Liberia in September.


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