Hugo Broos Equates Johannesburg to His European Home, States It Is Superior to Cameroon

Hugo Broos Equates Johannesburg to His European Home, States It Is Superior to Cameroon

Jarryd Westerdale
February 22, 2024 at 9:38 AM
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  • Hugo Broos has compared aspects of life in Johannesburg to that of his home nation
  • The Belgian spent several years in Cameroon and compared the contrasting lifestyles
  • The 71-year-old aims to spend more time in Europe to enjoy life with his growing family

Advanced years and the privilege of regular travel leaves professionals with a wealth of comparisons.

Hugo Broos has seen much of the world thanks to football and has high praise for South Africa, as do many who have ventured to the nation's shores.

His roots are well-anchored in Europe's lower countries but has noted how his life in Johannesburg was an easy adjustment, unlike his previous African adventure.

Hugo Broos, South Africa, Johannesburg, Cameroon, Pap, Jollof, Sandton.
Hugo Broos stated that South African amenities were superior to those in Cameroon and comparable to Europe. Photo: Visionhaus.
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South Africa's links to colonial Europe are well documented and the legacy of previous administrations still filters through life today.

Broos claimed South Africa, and Johannesburg in particular, was multiple times better than Cameroon, while still acknowledging safety issues in South Africa's economic hub.

He stated that in Cameroon, he would not have the same access to ample modern amenities as he would near his home in Sandton. TimesLive relayed his comments:

"If I were to take you there blindfolded and put you on the street in Sandton and asked where you were, you would never say South Africa. This is a good life here in this country. I have everything I need, except my family."

One negative that Broos highlighted was Johannesburg drivers' lack of etiquette as well as his dislike of maize meal. On 'pap', News24 relayed his explanation:

“For me it doesn’t have a taste. Then I saw the chakalaka. I like it a bit more like that, but this is something that’s not for me.”

The two-time AFCON medalist will stay on as Bafana coach but will spend less time in South Africa, dedicating most of his time to his family while reserving his professional efforts to international windows.

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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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