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Bafana Bafana Coach Hugo Broos Embraces Tournament Environment Of The Afcon

Broos acknowledges the significance of the Afcon tournament and the importance of working towards the first game.

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has expressed his love for the tournament environment of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals.

Broos, who previously led Cameroon to victory in the 2017 Afcon, is now leading the South African national team in their quest for success. While the odds may be stacked against them, Broos believes that with the expanded 24-team tournament format, South Africa has a fair chance of making it to the knockout rounds.

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Broos recently returned to Johannesburg with the team after a training camp in Stellenbosch. Before heading off to the Ivory Coast, the team will play a behind-closed-doors friendly against Lesotho.

Reflecting on the time he gets to spend with his players during the Afcon preparations, Broos expressed his satisfaction, highlighting the stark contrast to the limited time he has with the team during the regular season.

During the qualifying stages, Broos only has the team for a brief period of ten days before they disperse and reconvene two or three months later.

However, in the Afcon, he has the opportunity to work with the team every day, around the clock, for an extended period of time. This continuity allows for better communication, training, and preparation. Broos relishes the chance to work closely with the players and build a strong team dynamic.

Broos acknowledges the significance of the Afcon tournament and the importance of working towards the first game.

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The team has nine days to prepare before their opening match, and Broos appreciates the ability to plan and strategize for that specific moment. The intense focus and anticipation of the tournament make it a more enjoyable experience for him compared to the monthly qualifiers that disrupt the regular season.

Despite his enthusiasm for the tournament, Broos has expressed his frustration with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for not accommodating the national team’s needs.

He had requested the league halt the season on Christmas Eve to allow for more preparation time, but the league continued until the end of the year. Broos finds it difficult to understand why the PSL prioritizes other matters over supporting the national team.

In a letter sent to the PSL in May last year, Broos requested the league’s cooperation in adjusting the schedule. However, the response from the PSL only came in December, stating their support for Bafana Bafana and the coach.

Broos couldn’t help but laugh at the irony, as their support would have been better demonstrated by ending the competition on December 24, as requested. Nevertheless, Broos remains optimistic and believes that the team will adapt and be ready for their first game against Mali on December 16.

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As the tournament draws near, Broos and his team are focused on their preparations and determined to make a strong impression in the Afcon.

With the extended time together and the coach’s passion for the tournament environment, Bafana Bafana is poised to give their best performance and strive for success on the continental stage.

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