By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Newly appointed Bafana Bafana headcoach Hugo Broos (62) has officially announced former Club Brugge player, Cedomir Janevski (59) as his assistant coach.
The new development was revealed on the Bafana Bafana facebook page.
“My assistant will be Cedomir Janevski (59 years old) – he is not here at the moment, he is still in Cyprus, where he will be in the cup final next week,” read part of the post.
“He’s from Macedonia but was staying for 35 years in Belgium, played in Belgium at Club Brugge, and he talks English, French and Dutch so there will be no problems for language or experience.”
Broos was officially announced last week as the new Bafana coach.
He replaced former coach Molefi Nteski.
Speaking at the official unveiling as the new SA senior men’s team coach, the Belgian said he will return to his native country in June to take the second jab of the Covid-19 vaccine.
This will see him miss the two upcoming Bafana Bafana friendly matches in June.
According to the SA national team media his his assistant, Janevski will take charge of the team in his absence.
“Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos will not take charge of South Africa’s two upcoming friendlies in June as he will return home to take his second COVID-19 vaccine,” read a post on Facebook.
“His Belgian assistant will take charge of those matches.”
Broos said he would meet his assistant for the first time when they prepared for the World Cup qualifier games in September.
“I will first be preparing a team for our World Cup qualifiers in September. So I will be meeting first with my SA assistant as he knows local football better,” said Broos.
“We will make some necessary decisions then and this is very, very important to do.
“Then we will be looking to see some local games as soon as possible before watching the over 60 SA players who play abroad.
“It will be important to profile those overseas based players and see how regularly they are playing and at which level.”
South Africa will face Zimbabwe in the opening WC qualifier games that are now slated for September following CAF’s decision to postpone them in June as a result of Covid-19.