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Bafana Bafana 2022 World Cup Qualification Doubtful


By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa

Newly appointed Bafana Bafana headcoach Hugo Broos has indicated he was doubtful his squad would qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup tournament.

Broos said this during an interview with South African veteran sportscaster, Thomas Mlambo on the breakfast sports show on SABC Sport Channel.

The Belgian international coach highlighted Bafana Bafana’s failure to qualify for the 2022 AFCON tournament could have came at a wrong time but granted him an opportunity to rebuild the squad.

He said he would bring up a solution that would see young blood being prioritised into the Bafana Bafana fold.

“South Africa did not qualify for the Afcon, this is the moment to start to rebuild a younger team, which may have some difficulties to qualify for the next World Cup,” said Broos.
“But will be ready maybe to play an important role one year later in Afcon.”

The 62-year-old said he was shocked the former SA coach (Molefi Nteski) included players who were 30-years and above in his squad.

“I was a little bit surprised when I saw in the selections of the last games that there were a number of players who were 30 or more,” he said.

The 2017 AFCON Cup winner with Cameroon said he was on the verge of reassembling a strong youthful Bafana Bafana team which would take a resemblence of the one he had with the Indomitable Lions.

“So, I think we have to rebuild the team,” said Broos.
“Why a younger team?
” If you take the example of Cameroon, I did the same there.

“When you work with young players, they are motivated and hungry to show something.”
The former Club Brugge gaffer was appointed by SAFA as the head coach Bafana Bafana headcaoch last week, taking over from Ntseki who was fired for failing to take the team to AFCON.

He is yet to play any match as the new Bafana Bafana coach.

His first assignment was supposed to come between June 5 to 8 against Zimbabwe in a WC qualifier match at National Sports Stadium.

However, due to the fears of the spread of Covid-19, the continental football motherbody postponed all the WC qualifier to September till March 2022.

In the WC qualifier games, South Africa are in Group G with neighbours Zimbabwe, Ethopia and Ghana.

Robert Tapfumaneyi