Coach Hugo Broos issues a bold promise that Bafana Bafana will qualify for the next FIFA World Cup, saying Mzansi must forget about the 2010 gift.
The confident Belgian mentor says Bafana must return to the global tournament and he is ready to ensure South Africans are happy once again.
Broos states that Bafana fans must not be proud of the 2010 appearance because it was a gift since Mzansi hosted it.
The 1996 African champions are set to face Benin and Rwanda in two FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the coach shares his thoughts on the importance of the ties.
BROOS ON WHY MZANSI MUST FORGET ABOUT 2010 WORLD CUP GIFT
Formerly in charge of Cameroon, Broos adds that the current camp is more important than the others because Bafana must secure a spot in the World Cup.
The 71-year-old has now shouldered the responsibility of returning Bafana to the pinnacle of world football, as he issues a bold promise.
“It’s an important camp because we play World Cup qualifiers. For me, it’s been 21 years (since the last successful qualification),’ says Broos per IOL.
Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos issues a bold promise and tells Mzansi to forget about the 2010 gift. Image Source: ((@BafanaBafana/SAFA/Facebook/Twitter)
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“For you South Africans, it’s 12 years since you last qualified for the World Cup … in 2010 – but it was a little present for you because you organised it.
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“It’s time that SA qualifies again for such a big tournament, so therefore, it’s a very important camp.
“We have two games now and we have to be careful that we have a good start, and that we don’t get behind from the beginning.
“It will not be easy…you know, playing outside in Africa is never easy.”
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The seasoned yet controversial manager has also qualified Bafana for the lucrative AFCON tournament that will staged in Cote d’Ivoire and there’s no doubt he is happy with his job.
In addition, Broos has led Bafana to an 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions, one that began in June last year and promises a return to the World Cup.
“It will not be easy away in Rwanda (next Tuesday) and here at home against Benin. Benin, who played a draw against Senegal, have their qualities too,” adds Broos.
“I think we have to be confident because of the performances we did in the last two years.
“Only three defeats in two-and-a-half years is a very good performance, but also the performances against Morocco, Liberia, and last month against Ivory Coast must give us confidence.”