In just five months, Hugo Broos has changed the face of South Africa. The rainbow nation is slowly beginning to shine again thanks to the magic of the former Cameroon coach.
Hugo Broos has become a hero in South Africa. At least in the eyes of SAFA (South African Football Association) president Danny Jordaan. He praises the work of his coach. The latter has not been in the job for long, however. He took over in May. And since then, the winner of the 2017 AFCON with Cameroon has done an excellent job.
"On behalf of all of us, I would like to congratulate coach Hugo Broos for bringing back enthusiasm and renewed hope in our senior men's national team. Although the work is not yet done, getting 10 points in 4 games deserves praise, especially with this relatively young team," says Danny Jordaan.
The South African team has not been able to pull off any major feats in recent years. Apart from the victory against Egypt (host country) in the 1/8th finals of the 2019 AFCON. This one ended with a defeat in ¼ against Nigeria. Hugo Broos also inherited a team that missed the qualifications for the 2021 AFCON.
Bafana Bafana had to start again. And for now, the mission is going well. The men of Hugo Broos are 1st (10 pts) in Group G of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. They are ahead of Ghana (9 points). For their two confrontations with Ethiopia during this month of October, they won with brio. First 3-1, then 1-0. All this without Percy Tau.
Now they have to secure a victory against Ghana in November to get their ticket for the play-offs.
Hugo Broos has started a rebuilding process with a lot of young players. The people are hoping that some of them will shine, like Sibusiso Wiseman Zuma and Benni McCarthy. And with Broos at the helm, the South Africans are beginning to dream.