Hugo Broos Suggests South Africa Replicate Familiar European Strategy to Restore Pride

Hugo Broos Suggests South Africa Replicate Familiar European Strategy to Restore Pride

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at January 4, 2024 at 8:57 AM
In this article:
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  • Hugo Broos believes South Africa can regain their prestige by using a tested model
  • He explained how football in his country had undergone a successful review in 2006
  • The restructuring helped Belgium earn a bronze finish at the FIFA World Cup in 2018

Potential can be wasted without a proper guide. Few will argue that South Africa has bags of talent but creating stable and consistent high-level professionals has been lacking.

Combined with the best resources and infrastructure on the continent, South Africa has little excuse for not being perennial contenders at Africa's showpiece events.

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Hugo Broos claims South Africa can return to the top of African football by sticking to a rigid youth development strategy. Photo: IDiskiTimes.
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Hugo Broos has stated that South Africa can re-establish itself as a continental powerhouse if it follows a process Belgium underwent almost 20 years ago.

SAFA have introduced new coaching requirements for next season which stipulate PSL-level coaches must have a CAF A or Uefa PRO licence, as per SABC Sport.

The national coach welcomed this but said it needs to go all the way to the youth development level, as South African children don't receive sophisticated lessons in their formative years.

The mid-2000s review in Belgium also found that there was no nationwide and uniform approach that could be a barometer of success.

Broos admitted to the logistical challenges, as reported by KickOff, with Belgium half the size of Mpumalanga and having a population of one-fifth that of South Africa.

"Maybe the country is too big to do it, but I think there is a lot of work to do for SAFA."

Even with the fractional population, Belgium unearthed a generation that included Kevin de Bryune, Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, and Romelu Lukaku.

Broos has two-and-a-half years left on his contract which will expire after the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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