Video: Hugo Broos Refuses to Do Post Match Press Conference as Helman Mkhalele Takes Heat

Video: Hugo Broos Refuses to Do Post Match Press Conference as Helman Mkhalele Takes Heat

Keba Mothoagae
March 25, 2023 at 9:37 AM
  • Bafana Bafana's 2-2 draw in a crucial 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia was embarrassing enough
  • However, the depths were plumbed further at the post-match press conference at Orlando Stadium
  • Several videos on social media showed the press expressing anger and frustration at Hugo Broos for refusing to attend it

"If he is not here, then he has resigned!"

These are just some of the angry words that were flung around during the near-chaotic post-match press conference following Bafana Bafana's costly 2023 AFCON qualifier 2-2 draw with Liberia at Orlando Stadium. The anger of the gathered media contingent was aimed at coach Hugo Broos, who initially refuse to conduct it.

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Helman Mkhalele caught the flack for Hugo Broos' sins. @newslivesa.
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Assistant coach Helman Mkhalele was the one sent in to take the heat, with media manager Romy Titus trying her best to placate those in attendance. After several seconds, Mkhalele was ironically applauded off the table, before a livid Broos came in to front up for the dismal result.

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Bafana mocked for training drill

The warning signs were already there, as was reported by Sports Brief.

Bafana Bafana supporters' lack of confidence in their team manifested in a concerning way before the match. The squad was in practice at Soccer City, from which a video of a mistake-ridden passing drill between some of the players was loaded on the team's Twitter account.

The response was overwhelmingly derisive from those who responded to the tweet.

Hugo Broos blasts Andile Jali

Meanwhile, Sports Brief reported on Hugo Broos being as blunt as ever when it came to the unprofessional behaviour of local footballers.

This time it was the turn of Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder, Andile Jali, to face criticism from Bafana Bafana's Belgian coach.

Touching on the allegations that he arrived drunk at a practice not long ago, Broos did not hold back in an interview with Sunday World.

Broos lays into Chiefs, Pirates

The Bafana coach also did not make it a secret that Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates' mediocrity is of concern to him, Sports Brief also reported.

This is as Mamelodi Sundowns tightens its stranglehold on football in South Africa and the Soweto giants continue their slide into near irrelevance.

Broos expressed annoyance with Chiefs and Pirates, suggesting that it was undermining the national team's ambition to return to the top.

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