Broos cries foul over Pirates/Downs match


Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has revealed that he was barred from watching a league game this past weekend.

Speaking to SABC Sport prior to announcing his 23-man squad for the upcoming Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia, the Belgian mentor expressed his anger at being refused entry into the Orlando Stadium to watch the game between the Sea Robbers and Mamelodi Sundowns.

“I have to mention I am also upset. We would have liked to see the game between Pirates and Sundowns, but they did not let us go in the stadium!.

“We couldn’t enter at 3pm and we had accreditation. I am trying to understand, these are coaches of the national team, and they (Pirates) won’t allow us into the stadium to see a game of their team.

“Most surprising is that the chairman of the team (Irvin Khoza) is the vice-president of Safa. My assistant was there, I couldn’t believe it, he couldn’t enter the stadium even though he had the accreditation of the league. It is unacceptable.”

South Africa travel to Addis Ababa to take on Ethiopia on October 9 before hosting the East Africans three days later.

The Cosafa nation lead Group G with four points from their opening two games. Ethiopia are third with three points after managing to take maximum points against Zimbabwe earlier this month.

Ghana will lock horns with Zimbabwe in the other group fixture with the Warriors of Zimbabwe, who are still looking for their first victory of the campaign.

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By Prince Sobayeni