Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos apologies for dramatic events which also includes a media snub following the 2-2 draw against Liberia on Friday. South Africa surrendered a 2-0 lead against a lowly ranked Liberia side in the CAF Afcon qualifier group K encounter.

He left the bench in the dying minutes of the match in a match where Bafana Bafana should have won comfortably. Broos also failed to attend the post-match television interviews and the post-match press conference.

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos apologies

But in an apology issued on the SAFA website on Saturday, Broos said it was a combination of factors that led to his emotions getting the better of him.

“It was everything. When you see the game, it was clear that we were the better team. It was clear that we had a lot of chances. But it was also clear that we missed a lot of chances. In the last half an hour we lost control over the game because yeah, Liberia was more powerful than we were,” said Broos.

“And then yeah, in the 91st minute or 92nd minute, you get a goal where you lose the victory. And that, yeah, that left me with a lot of emotions and I left at 2-2, went immediately to the dressing room.

“I did not fulfill my media obligations and I want to apologise for that. But I am a human being and the emotions took control over me yesterday. I know from experience that it is better not to say anything in the heat of the moment and that’s what I did.

“It was not right, but I think that people can understand in such circumstances when you are making that decision.”

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The 70-year-old also dismissed suggestions that he ever considered quitting as Bafana coach in the heat of the moment on Friday.

“Yes, yes, for sure for sure, if there is something I want it is to qualify (Bafana Bafana) for the Africa Cup of Nations,” he continued.

“It has been the same since I got to South Africa. It is something I have worked for in the last two years and it was with ups and downs. Sometimes people didn’t understand why I made some decisions, but I think everyone saw yesterday that we have a good team.

“Yeah, let’s be clear about that also. And let’s be clear again that I still believe in the team and that I want to go with them to the Afcon next year in Côte d’Ivoire. So there is no doubt about it, and I will again do everything I can to win on Tuesday, and to assure qualification for Afcon in January next year. So let there be no doubt about that.”

By Khotso Ramalatswa


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