Broos threatens to ring Bafana changes

SA National Teams

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has threatened to make changes if his players are not up to the required standard when representing the national team.

South Africa kicked off their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with a goalless draw away to Zimbabwe on Friday and next face a tough challenge in the form of Ghana in Johannesburg on Monday.

The Black Stars currently top Group G after recording a 1-0 win over Ethiopia, and are the early favourites to top the group and progress to the knockout phase of the qualification stage.

Speaking ahead of the clash, Bafana national team coach Broos insisted that he was happy with his side's performance against Zimbabwe but that he wouldn't be afraid to ring the changes if his young squad doesn't rise to the occasion against Ghana.

"We need some time," he said. "We are building a team, we are trying to build a young team. For me, it's important to see how good the young players are because you can be good in the league, but [with the national team] it is a level higher. It's tougher.

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"This is something that I want to see tomorrow [Monday] if those guys are ready or not. For the future, the same thing, maybe I have to make changes for Ethiopia because some players are not of the quality I want for this Bafana Bafana.

"We need some time, but that doesn't mean we won't be aiming for the win [against Ghana]. We are focused on building a team, but we are also focused on getting results and that's why we wanted to win on Friday.

"Everybody wanted to win, the players wanted to win but okay, we didn't, so now tomorrow it is the same, we will try to win. Then after the game, I will see if I am satisfied or not.

"If the opponent is so strong and much stronger than us, I will maybe be satisfied with the performance of the team, but I will not be satisfied if I see a team that doesn't fight and this is important. The mentality on Friday was good, so I hope to see the same thing..."

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