Hugo Broos commits to Bafana Bafana as interest from Algeria and Tunisia emerges

Hugo Broos commits to Bafana Bafana as interest from Algeria and Tunisia emerges

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has assured once again that he’s going nowhere and is committed to the South African senior national men’s football team.

He was speaking at the post match press conference after leading Bafana to a third-place finish at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), beating Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 6-5 on penalties.

Broos, who took Bafana to the AFCON semifinals for the first time in 24 years, has been linked to the vacant Tunisia and Algeria head coaching jobs but at Stade Felix Houphouët, he confirmed last night he will honour his contract that ends in 2026.

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"I can tell you today, there is nothing, really nothing. You told me there are some people who are coming to me and said 'Hey coach, this and that'. If Hugo Broos is leaving South Africa, then it will be because the federation [SAFA] decided, that's all," Broos said.

"I'm happy with my job, I'm happy with the team, I'm not always happy with the media but okay, I take it with. We will see now - I hope that people will be more and more behind the team because they deserve it."

Broos, who won an AFCON title with Cameroon in 2017 and now claimed a bronze with Bafana, with a squad dominated by locally based payers (20 out of 23), says, normally, a coach who has done well will attract interest but to him, it means nothing now.

"Well, it's normal when you have results as a coach or where you play a very good tournament like for example when you play like this then there's interest from other teams. For a player, it's a club, for a national coach, it's a country. I had that experience also when I won with Cameroon but most of the time it's only rumours. People who say, ow yes this coach got very good results but this country and that country and this country they are looking for a coach and maybe he's a candidate," Broos added.

The game against DRC had ended goalless after 90 minutes but the central Africans wasted several clear-cut goal scoring opportunities.

Broos was the first to admit that DRC were the better team on the day but after paying back-to-back 240 minutes plus of football action plus penalties in previous matches, the Belgian born coach says his players were tired.