Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has stressed that he did not take the national team job for its financial perks, but to get them to the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup. 

The Belgian has in the past heavily criticised his employers, and at times been reprimanded for his blunt statements by the SAFA hierarchy.

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Ahead of his charges’ international friendlies against Mozambique on Thursday and Angola three days later in Nelspruit, Broos reiterates his plans for South Africa.

“There’s something called ambition, and even [though] I’ve become little by little an old man, the ambition is still there, and I didn’t come to South Africa to get my money at the end of the month and that’s it,” the Belgian told reporters.

The coach previously won the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon in 2017, so he has the formula, hence he was roped into the job by SAFA.

However, he feels calls from his detractors for his head, following defeats to Ghana – which subsequently meant Bafana would not be going to the World Cup in Qatar this year, defending world champions France as well as Morocco, was unfair.

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Broos nonetheless maintains his promise to qualify for the next Afcon in Ivory Coast in 2024, through a group that also has Qatar-bound Morocco, and Liberia.

“It’s not fair, when you build a new team, to ask that you beat those teams. Therefore I was frustrated in June and I said some things, and I will repeat them again because I feel that was the truth,” he added.

“But that doesn’t mean that I have enough of that, not at all. I want to prove something when I’m here, and I’m confident in myself so we will be qualified for Afcon in March–you will see.

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“But, please, critics [sic] is difficult to accept because it motivates you so much, but you have to be fair, and this was not the case [previously].”

The next World Cup will be in 2026, jointly hosted by United States, Canada and Mexico.

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