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Nations Cup-winning coach Broos eyes South Africa job

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has applied to coach South Africa just days after winning the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Belgian, who masterminded the Cameroonians’ triumph 11 days ago, is one of over 60 applicants for the job.

Several big names have applied, including Italians Roberto Mancini and Giovanni Trapattoni as well as Germans Lothas Matthaus and Bernd Schuster.

Hassan Shehata, who led Egypt to three Nations Cup titles, and Nigeria’s Samson Siasia are also on the list.

The names of the coaches were revealed by the South African FA (Safa) on Thursday.

Safa also revealed that former internationals Lucas Radebe and Benni McCarthy would form part of the committee to find the new national coach.

Radebe was a long-standing captain of Bafana Bafana while McCarthy, who has just completed his Uefa Pro A coaching licence, is South Africa’s record goalscorer.

“The committee … will draw up a short list, deliberate (on) it before naming the suitable candidate in (the) coming days,” a Safa statement said.

Clive Barker, who guided South Africa to its sole Africa Cup of Nations win in 1996, and Neil Tovey, who captained the side that day, are also on the committee.

“We want to have the process expedited as Bafana Bafana have a bumper 2017 season in which they need to compete and qualify on three fronts,” said SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan.

“We need the coach to be in place when we play two friendly matches in March,” he added.

In addition to contesting qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Nations Cup, South Africa will try to reach next year’s African Nations Championship, the tournament for Africans who play in their own domestic league.

South Africa’s coaching job became vacant in December when Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba was sacked for “gross misconduct.”


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  1. Good luck exploring new avenues, Hugo ! It is the right thing to do, both for you and for Cameroon.

    The truth of the matter is that remaining in Cameroon will usher in an aura of entitlement, thereby diminishing the element of competition so necessary for such a post. Rival claimants and other latent talents will emerge and animate the show. Competition is the key to progress for players, for coaches and for managers. Competition….Go for it.

  2. I strongly believe that they had led him have authority over the team because they thought the team wasn’t going to go far. Now that they know the team is good, they will be a lot of influence. It seems like Bruce knows what is coming and wants to take an escape route b4 it gets to him. Good luck Bruce but your name is on records as one of the best because u on with an underdog team.

  3. Why was he blaming the binationals for absconding only to do the same after attaining such a feat?

    • AG,
      I asked myself this same question. Two things I feel might be in his mind. Either he wants a pay hike and is using this as an indirect way to let fecafoot know so, or he highly interested in the higher wages from South Africa. Again, there is a reason why his agent still hasn’t gotten a response even though his CV had been sent. Other high profiles such as Roberto Mancini are interested in that position. I will go for the first. Broos just wants a pay hike and is using this as a gateway.

  4. Broos, you are very clever. You see Nigeria beating Cameroon in the upcoming qualifiers and you would rather not be part of it right? Well, your vision might turn out blurred.

  5. Lets talk about the Earth we live in. Is it truly a spinning globe spinning at more than 1000 mph? Before you answer, erase everything you ve ever been taught in school about the shape of the Earth because like many others, its false and meant to distract you from reality while keeping you hooked to paganism, another word for religion concealed.



  7. Cameroon will host the next afcon, which means enormous pressure on Broos. The chances of repeating the last feat, are minimal. Also, world cup qualification is still hanging on the balance. So I think now is a good time to leave.

    The long term challenge should be a local coach.

    • Jackson Jr. United States

      Look at cmr history. Each time they win a nations cup, they reach the final of the next nations cup or they still win it. That history will still repeat. Besides, the last time cmr lost at home soil was in the 70s. Only Brazil had managed to fit that record, but unfortunately, Germany spoiled theirs. Well, no Germany to spoil ours.

  8. Njanga na beef Canada

    I hear the reason e wants to leave is the fact that he hasn’t been paid since the month of January, which is not a surprise to me. However, he has denied the rumors of him leaving during an interview with RFI. A faire à suivre

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