Bafana Bafana assistant coach, Helman Mkhalele has explained why head coach Hugo Broos has had to storm off the pitch to the change room immediately after their match against Liberia.

Hugo Broos was understandably angry and perplexed by his players’ second half performance after failing to beat Liberia as they drew 2-2 in the CAF Afcon qualifiers match at Orlando Stadium on Friday.

Bafana looked almost unstoppable in the first half of the game after a fine display. England Championship Burnley’s striker Lyle Foster was a rock in attack as he scored two goals within 30 minutes into the match.

However, Liberia scored their first goal just 30 minutes to the final whistle and started to threaten Broos’ men. And it went from bad to worse for Bafana shortly after that goal, as the 24-year-old Mohammed Sangare eventually equalized in stoppage time.


Mkhalele had already spoken to the national broadcaster, SABC Sport after the match, before journalists refused to be addressed by him and he explained why coach Broos stormed off the pitch.

Helman Mkhalele explains why Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos stormed off the pitch
Helman Mkhalele and Hugo Broos

“I think it got over him because you could see in the game we created lots and lots of chances that we should’ve scored. I think he is still recovering from that,” Mkhalela told SABC Sport.

It was a difficult result to take for Broos, particularly given the quality on show from his troops during the first 45 minutes on the day. Instead, Bafana Bafana legend, Mkhalele was sent to do the post match conference. But journalists refused to talk to him as they wanted the head coach.


The 70-year-old Belgian has expressed non-verbal frustration immediately after the match at the team’s inability to take the opportunity. He later explained why he couldn’t take questions.

“First of all, I have to apologize. I will not give much comment on this game. I will not answer your questions. There is too much disappointment, too many frustrations, too much anger in my body. If I say now what I think, it will not be nice,” Broos told journalists.

“I have always been ready in the past to answer your questions, even difficult questions. But I hope that you understand that today for me is very difficult to do. Again, sorry for that. I hope that when you saw the game and saw what happened on the pitch today, you can understand my reaction. Thank you very much.” 

By Clifton Mabasa


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