AFCON 2023: Hugo Broos Speaks on Retirement After Bafana Bafana Semi Final Loss Against Nigeria

AFCON 2023: Hugo Broos Speaks on Retirement After Bafana Bafana Semi Final Loss Against Nigeria

Raphael Abiola
updated at February 8, 2024 at 9:11 AM
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  • Hugo Broos addressed the retirement rumours after South Africa's loss to Nigeria
  • Bafana Bafana miss out on chance to play in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final
  • Former Cameroon coach guided Bafana to AFCON semi-finals after 24-year wait

South African national team coach Hugo Broos has commented on the possibility of retiring after his team lost to Nigeria's Super Eagles in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.

The Belgian manager led Bafana Bafana to the semi-final of the competition for the first time since 2000 but couldn't move past the Super Eagles as they lost 4-2 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes of play.

South Africa will compete for a third-place finish against DR Congo's Leopards this weekend.

Hugo Broos gestures during the national anthem ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations 2023 semi-final football match between Nigeria and South Africa. Photo: ISSOUF SANOGO.
Hugo Broos gestures during the national anthem ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations 2023 semi-final football match between Nigeria and South Africa. Photo: ISSOUF SANOGO.
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After the game, the 71-year-old coach confirmed that he is not ready to call off his time in the dugout, and he's keen on continuing as Bafana Bafana coach despite missing the chance to play in the AFCON final, according to a report by iDiskiTimes.

"First of all, I never said that I would quit – I never said it. It was only when you talked about my age, and then I think it's normal that you think about 'yeah, maybe it's time that I am going to stop, '" he said.
"But I never said that I am going to stop or that I stop. So again I am delighted in my job as I said a few days ago. The players give me so much satisfaction, a lot. As a manager, I am proud to be a coach of this team. So the rest the future will tell us."

Broos urged to stay on until 2026

Sports Brief earlier reported on Broos being urged to stay on as Bafana Bafana coach despite AFCON 2023 semi-final loss to Nigeria

Grant Kekana has persuaded the Belgian manager not to quit just yet but to help them achieve a greater goal.

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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.
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