Bafana boss left shocked by Pirates


Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has revealed he was prevented from watching Orlando Pirates against Mamelodi Sundowns at Orlando Stadium this weekend.

Broos postponed the final 23-man squad announcement from Saturday to Monday in order to watch the DStv Premiership fixtures before his final decision.

Sundowns secured an emphatic 2-0 win over the Soweto giants at their home ground with Broos not pictured at the game before being spotted on television at the SuperSport United clash against Maritzburg United.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the players cut from the final 23-man Bafana squad

And he admitted that it wasn't by choice as he was barred from entering the grounds to attend the high-profile league encounter.

"I'm really upset, we would have liked to see the game between Pirates and Sundowns but they did not allow us to go in the stadium," Broos said on SABC Sport on Monday afternoon.

"We couldn’t enter at three o'clock, we were not allowed to enter the stadium and we had an accreditation of the league. They said ‘no this is not enough. When I let you in, I lose my job’.

"I don't understand that. We are coaches of the national team, and there is a team (Pirates) who don’t allow us into the stadium to see a game of their team.

"The most surprising is that the chairman of the team [Irvin Khoza] is the vice-president of SAFA. I didn't believe it, so we have to go back.

"My assistant was there, so I phoned him and said ‘come with us and come and see the game, SuperSport’. I couldn't believe it. It is unacceptable, really unacceptable."

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