Cameroon coach ready for Bafana

Premiership

Bafana will tackle the Group M leaders at Stade Omnisport de Limbe on Saturday before hosting the return leg three days later in Durban.

Broos will be overseeing his first game in charge of the Indomitable Lions since taking over the reins in February following the sacking of Volker Finke in October last year.

KO: Can you dissect your squad for the matches against South Africa?

HB: I simply selected the 27 best players and there is nothing more to it. A few players have dropped out, among others Alexandre Song, because following the problems at the World Cup in Brazil, he doesn’t feel ready yet to join the national team. He is certainly someone who will be with us next time in June. I also chose a number of younger players as you should always safeguard the future. We are sufficiently armed to play two matches against South Africa.

KO: About South Africa, what do you already know about the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent?

HB: I'm not going to tell you what the strengths and weaknesses of South Africa are, but I have got a very clear picture of South Africa. I watched their last four matches, twice against Angola, against Mauritania and against Gambia. From those games I can, I think, get sufficient information to inform my players about the strengths and weaknesses of South Africa, but it is a fact that they only have one point in the group. That's a bit surprising, because it is a strong opponent after all.

KO: But Cameroon are the favorites?

HB: Absolutely not, I don’t think so. Perhaps based on the rankings yes, but South Africa have become a country with more quality in the last few years. Again, from what I've seen in the matches that I watched, it is obvious that we will have to play at a very high level.

KO: As a coach, is it a baptism of fire?

HB: What’s easy? If you have to start against Mauritania with a tag of favorites - is that easy? Nothing is easy in football. It doesn't matter to me if you start against South Africa, Gambia or Mauritania, or Togo or Senegal for that matter. These two games could be key, because if we can achieve good results against South Africa - four points out of six - then we may perhaps have already qualified for the African Cup of Nations. We're going to do everything to get that done as quickly as possible. We can perhaps use the games against Mauritania and Gambia to play a number of younger players and see what they have to offer.

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By Samindra Kunti

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