By Allan Damba
Belgian Hugo Henri Broos has been appointed the new head coach for the Bafana Bafana, the South African Football Association(SAFA) confirmed.
The 69-year-old replaces Molefi Ntseki whose contract was terminated by SAFA on March 31, 2021.
“We are proud to say that National Executive Committee has agreed on the name of Hugo Broos as Bafana Bafana’s head coach,” said SAFA president Jack Maluleke.
Broos is back to management after his caretaker role with Belgian side Oostende in 2019. He is back to a continent where he won the 2017 AFCON with Cameroon.
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winner with Cameroon is understood to have been the third choice on the list which had former Bafana Bafana head coach Carlos Quieroz, Pitso Mosimane, and legend Benni McCarthy; they all reportedly rejected the job.
The new coach was glad to join the African nation saying; “I am happy to be the new South African head coach. I can’t wait to get started.”
Among his first tasks include playing the 2022 World cup qualifications. His group has Ghana, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia as the other sides.
The manager who has also had a managerial career at the club level in Belgium, UAE, Greece and Algeria will as well be tasked to excel at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics where South Africa will feature.