Extra Time: Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos wants the national team to be rested before Afcon but the PSL isn’t listening, writes Michael Madyira.
On four occasions since being appointed Bafana Bafana coach in May 2021, Hugo Broos has tried to meet Premier Soccer League coaches but with no luck.
The Belgian has emphasised he needs support from his league counterparts for the ease of performing his duties.
But his relationship with the PSL has been very poor.
He points a finger at the league for not being cooperative.
“You know I have been trying for two years to meet the coaches and every time the PSL postponed it,” Broos told the media in October.
“So, I did four attempts and four times it was postponed by PSL. I know the communication can be better but it’s not my fault. It’s not my responsibility because I made four attempts to have that communication.”
Yet even under those circumstances, Broos has managed to guide Bafana to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals.
The continental flagship tournament to be staged in Ivory Coast is just a month away and the former Cameroon coach needs the PSL’s support again.
But he has been left out in the cold after requesting that the league cancel fixtures scheduled after Christmas Day. He was turned down again and the PSL will proceed with their programme of 27, 29, 30 and 31 December match days before taking the Afcon break until 13 February.
Broos argued that he needed the PSL to take a break earlier so that they begin the final Afcon camp just after Christmas before the overseas-based players join them at the turn of 2024.
Even SuperSport coach Gavin Hunt admitted that the league is letting the Bafana coach down by insisting on continuing with their festive season schedule.
For a nation focused on reclaiming the old glory days by being crowned African champions for the first time since 1996, this faulty relationship between Broos and the league is unnecessary.
Safa and the PSL need to pull in the same direction, because they’re currently on course for disaster.
Afcon is a major tournament and the PSL should also play a critical role in helping Bafana prepare well enough.
Pictured above: Bafana Bafana players celebrating qualifying for the 2023 Afcon finals with coach Hugo Broos.
Image source: Bafana Bafana