Retired Cameroonian forward Alain Amougou believes Bafana Bafana will benefit from having Hugo Broos in charge of the senior national team as he has shrewd management skills and carries loads of experience with him.
The Belgian was this week named as the new man in charge of Bafana with his appointment greeted with a mixture of reactions.
"You don’t coach in Cameroon and leave with a good reputation but Broos still has a good reputation here in Cameroon so that should tell you something about him. Cameroon is never an easy national team to manage because of all that happens here," Amougou tells KickOff.com.
Broos led the Indomitable Lions to the podium as champions at 2017 AFCON finals played in neighbouring Gabon.
That success was achieved despite seven of their European stars – Eric Maxime Choupo-Moting, Joel Matip, Andre Onana, Guy Roland Ndy, Allan Nyom, Maxime Poundje, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Ibrahim Amadou all choosing to pull out.
"His management of players is still spoken about highly up to this day here in Cameroon up to this day. What he did with the Indomitable Lions at the 2017 AFCON was amazing. He went to the 2017 AFCON finals with a weak team after many players pulled out but was still able to win the trophy. That should tell you something about his qualities because against all odds he was able to win a trophy that he was given no chance of winning. We were not even expecting to win that competition, but he surprised us by managing the players that he had to success.
"He knows how to manage players and bring out the confidence in them. You must never underestimate his experience and I don’t think he is going to be bad for the national team because he knows his way around the continent. He remains one of the best coaches that we have had here in Cameroon because he won us the AFCON.
"You don’t just win that trophy if you are not a good coach and that is what gives me confidence to believe that he will do a lot of good things in South Africa. We never had any bad experiences here in Cameroon so I hope it will remain the same for him in South Africa. South Africa should benefit from having him in charge and it will be important to not discredit him before he has even started doing his job. He is a gentleman," he says.
Amougou played for Mamelodi Sundowns so he is familiar with South Africa and has been back home in Cameroon for over a decade now.