Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos met members of the media on Wednesday afternoon where he again reiterated his lofty ambitions to take South Africa back to the top of Africa and the world.
In an hour-long interaction, Broos spelt out his vision but pleaded with football fans to be patient with what he wants to do and achieve with the Senior Men’s National team.
New coach Hugo Broos told South Africans on Wednesday that “you can kill” him if the team fail to reach the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in the Ivory Coast.
Bafana Bafana (The Boys) missed out on the next Cup of Nations, scheduled in Cameroon from 9 January to 6 February, which triggered the sacking of former boss Molefi Ntseki.
Belgian Broos, who guided outsiders Cameroon to the 2017 Cup of Nations title in Gabon, replaced Ntseki and held his first press conference at the national football association offices in Soweto.
The 62-year-old admitted that qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would be difficult, especially as he wants to rebuild the squad, using younger players.
Coach Broos shocked the football world when he led an Indomitable Lions (Cameroon) side to a gold medal in Gabon in 2017 and has vowed to do his best to return South Africa to the top.
He however asked the public not to expect instant results but to exercise patience.
He said qualification for Qatar 2022 should not be the main priority but the emphasis should be on 2023 AFCON going forward.
He added though that he would give it his best shot to still qualify for Qatar. Bafana Bafana are in Group G, together with Ghana, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.