Newly appointed Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos says he will not be influenced in choosing players for his squads.
The coach landed in South Africa on Monday night as he gears up to start his tenure as the new boss of the national team. Speaking to SABC News Tuesday morning, Broos said he will make his own choices with regards to his selections.
“Everything is about results if tomorrow there are no results you can say what you want, but at the end, everybody needs results including me.
“With regards to selection I can make my own choices, I don’t need to look to anybody to tell me. All the choices I have to make I will make because I don’t have to count on him or whatever, so that can be an advantage for me.”
Last week, the coach highlighted that he wants to decrease the team’s average age, and to achieve that he will have to widen the pool and look into all eligible players across the world.
“Football on that level is very tough, you see in the Champions League games that it’s tough. All over the world when you are playing at that level you have to be physically okay, mentally okay, and tactically okay otherwise you can’t have results – so there is a lot of work to be done.”
The former Cameroon national team coach continued to explain that his task moving forward is to watch all games and analyse South African football.
“I will need my South African assistant because he knows the team better and we will take some decisions then. Secondly, I will try to see some games maybe in the weekend.
“We will then analyse the list of players who are playing in foreign countries. We will see which players are there, is it players who are playing in big teams, in small teams or maybe in leagues which are not at a high level?, we will have to see.”
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) reached an agreement with Fifa to postpone the World Cup qualifiers from June to September which is a big advantage for the new coach who will be looking to put together the strongest possible squad moving forward.
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