I like to play offensive football – Hugo Broos


Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has re-emphasized his preferred playing philosophy.

The Belgian mentor was speaking with SABC Sport after announcing his 23-man squad for the upcoming Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia next month.

Broos stuck to the bulk of his squad that managed to secure four crucial points in the opening qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Ghana earlier this month.

Bafana drew 0-0 against their neighbours before stunning the Black Stars of Ghana with a 1-0 win at the iconic FNB Stadium to go top of Group G.

Asked about what components are key in his playing style, Broos said his philosophy is focused more on dominating opponents through control of possession, playing with aggression and playing attacking football.

“First of all you need to have a plan as a coach, but the most important thing is to have players for that.

“You can ask me to play like Barcelona, but if you don’t have the players with the qualities you can’t. I’m a coach who likes to play offensive football and we did it well against Ghana.

“It was not good against Zimbabwe because we were too defensive, so the second game was much better and I like dominating. It’s not always possible to dominate, but I like to have control of (the game) and we were in control against Ghana.

“Lastly, the mentality on the pitch. There was a fighting spirit on the pitch and that’s what I like. There will be difficult games starting already now in Ethiopia. They will not give us presents, maybe we have to win by fighting there – then we have to win by fighting.”

South Africa top Group G with four points followed by Ghana and Ethiopia with three points in second and third place respectively. Zimbabwe sit at the bottom of the table with 1 point.

The Cosafa nation travel to Addis Ababa to take on Ethiopia on the ninth of October before hosting the West Africans three days later.

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By Prince Sobayeni