Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has apologised for his recent comments that the standard of the DStv Premiership is not at the required level.
After back-to-back defeats against France and Morocco, Broos had accused South African football and the DStv Premiership specifically of lacking the necessary quality.
"Let's face the problem of South Africa. The problem is, the level of our PSL is not high enough," the Belgian said last week.
The controversial comments divided the South African football fraternity. Others like Matthew Booth sided with the Broos while others like Sundowns senior coach Steve Komphela and Kermit Erasmus were vocal about their displeasure. Komphela labelled the comments as 'disrespectful' and Erasmus questioned the coach’s motives in slamming his squad.
On Saturday, the 70-year-old took the opportunity to clarify his words and issued an apology to the nation.
"I want to apologise if my declaration in the press conference last Tuesday was disrespectful against this nation. This was not my intention, certainly not," Broos told SABC.
"I came here one year ago and the only thing I want is for South African football to become better."
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While Broos conceded that the state of South African football remains in need of a serious revamp, he reaffirmed that the national team is on the right track.
"I think we are on the right way, but there is still a lot of work to do. I hope that this country will be with us to change some things, things that we have to change," he said.
"I will do everything, and even more than everything to qualify the team in September for Afcon next year."
Bafana Bafana's remaining fixtures for the year are home and away Afcon 2023 qualifier clashes against Liberia. South Africa will need at least one win and a draw from the two reverse fixtures to keep their chances of qualifying for next year’s Afcon tournament alive.