New Bafana broom to sweep clean

SA National Teams

New Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has revealed the first order of business upon his his arrival in the country, which is expected to be next week.

Broos was unveiled as the new senior national team boss by the South African Football Association on Wednesday, though he has not yet reported for duty.

The Belgian national, who succeeds Molefi Ntseki, is tasked with the massive task of taking Bafana through the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which is scheduled to commence in September.

Having previously led Cameroon on the national team front, the 69-year-old has revealed his intention to slash the average age of the squad, given his assessment of recent matches and the personnel used.

"First of all, I have to say I am very proud and very happy to be the new coach of South Africa. It's always been a country in which I wanted to work, and today we are there," Broos told the media via Zoom.

"The information that I've gathered and analysis that I've made in the last few weeks, I know that at the moment it's a time to reveal a new team in South Africa.

"I was a little bit surprised when I saw the selections of the last games that there were such a lot of players of 30 [years old] and more.

"So, I think we have to rebuild the team – a younger team, and you can take the example of Cameroon, I did the same there. When you work with young players, they are motivated and hungry to show something.

"I was myself, as a player, when I was 30 years and older, the motivation is less; you're happy, for example, to be with the national team but the motivation and hunger is less."

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