The new South Africa coach admits that he does not know the South African players well. But for him this is not a handicap.
Hugo Broos has taken over as head coach of the South African national team. He arrived in the country on Monday 10 May and was at a press conference the following day, Tuesday 11 May, to outline his roadmap. The Belgian coach intends to bring new blood to his team.
He is also banking on an aspect that could be seen as a handicap but which he sees as an asset: his limited knowledge of South African footballers. "I will be able to make my choices more freely, I won't have to look at anyone. I will be able to make my choices more freely, I won't have to look at anyone. When you already know the players, it's sometimes difficult to make the choice," said Hugo Broos during the conference.
The former Cameroon coach is targeting both South African players in the local league and those playing abroad. However, he promises to open the doors of the senior team wide to the U23s. The latter are coached by David Notoane and will be participating in the Olympic Games in Tokyo (23 July to 8 August).
Hugo Broos intends to take advantage of the postponement to September of the start of the qualifications for the World Cup 2022, initially set for next June, to put in place his team. The Bafana Bafana will play in group G with Zimbabwe, Ghana and Ethiopia.
Hugo Broos, 62, will try to breathe new life into a South African team that failed to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.