- Despite lengthy speculation regarding the new national team coach for Bafana Bafana, Belgium’s Hugo Broos has got the job
- SAFA made the announcement on Wednesday about Broos as they ended the rumours regarding Molefi Ntseki’s successor
- With names such as Pitso Mosimane and Benni McCarthy having been linked with the job, Broos has won the race
Former Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has been named as the new Bafana Bafana boss and the development was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
The coaching position became vacant when the South African Football Association sacked Molefi Ntseki from his role back in March.
Ntseki was shown the exit door at SAFA House just after he failed to guide the 1996 African champions to the upcoming CAF African Cup of Nations to be staged in Cameroon.
Speculation had it that Broos, Carlos Queiroz and Phillipe Troussier were running for the job but local names were said to be a preferred choice.
The likes of Pitso Mosimane, Benni McCarthy as well as Eric Tinkler were heavily linked with the coaching post but the Belgian has since emerged as the front-runner.
It was reported that Mosimane had turned down the offer to return to the SAFA House while McCarthy distanced himself from the rumours, saying talk would always be there whenever a coach is doing well at the club level.
As part of the 69-year-old’s mandates, Broos will be expected to guide Bafana to the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the team will resume its qualifying campaign in June.
On the other hand, the veteran manager previously coached teams such as Belgian Pro League side KV Oostende on a caretaker basis and is credited for helping the Indomitable Lions lift the 2017 AFCON title.
Briefly News previously reported that the Usuthu boss had finally shared his thoughts on the reports that he is headhunted for the Bafana coaching job.
The Bafana all-time goalscorer has turned Usuthu’s fortunes as they now sit second on the DStv Premiership table, trailing log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by a single point.
With the national team having parted ways with mentor Ntseki, McCarthy’s name has been heavily linked with the vacant post.
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