Hugo Broos: Bafana Coach Talks Life in South Africa, Dislike of 'Pap', Traffic and Football Plans

Hugo Broos: Bafana Coach Talks Life in South Africa, Dislike of 'Pap', Traffic and Football Plans

Robert Abong'o
updated at February 23, 2024 at 8:32 AM
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  • Bafana Bafana head coach, Hugo Broos, is loving life in South Africa
  • The Belgian guided the national team to a third place at AFCON 2023
  • The 71-year-old has disclosed his dislike for the local porridge - pap

Bafana Bafana head coach, Hugo Broos, has shared his love for South Africa and his plans for the future.

In a recent roundtable discussion with South African football writers, Broos spoke on his distaste for the local staple - pap - and his concerns about the safety of cycling in Johannesburg's bustling traffic.

The 71-year-old, renowned for leading Cameroon to the 2017 AFCON title, oversaw South Africa's heroics at the tournament in Abidjan, where they earned a first third-place finish in 24 years.

Bafana Bafana head coach, Hugo Broos, loves life in South Africa.
Bafana Bafana head coach, Hugo Broos, loves life in South Africa. Photo: Laurie Dieffembacq.
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Commenting on life in South Africa, the Bafana coach expressed his fondness for the country, describing it as ‘10 times better than Cameroon’.

Broos stressed the freedom and comforts he enjoys, particularly in Sandton, where he resides. However, he acknowledged the safety challenges posed by Johannesburg's streets, especially for activities like cycling.

Regarding his football commitments, he outlined his plans for a brief break in Belgium to spend time with his family before returning to South Africa. He also discussed his involvement in scouting local talent and preparing for upcoming friendlies and World Cup qualifying matches.

Broos talks football and food in SA

In addition, the Belgian outlined his efforts to engage with South African coaches and gain insights into the country's football landscape. Broos has attempted to establish connections with coaches in the DSTv Premiership but reportedly faced initial challenges in receiving any response.

However, recent interactions suggest that his efforts to engage with local coaches are improving gradually. SuperSport United coach, Gavin Hunt, said he was invited to a Bafana Bafana training session and also initiated a conversation about the national team's players, as reported by Far Post.

Despite integrating into South African life, Broos admitted his aversion to pap, a traditional South African dish, but expressed appreciation for other aspects of the local cuisine, such as chakalaka.

"The real South African food I like. There are some chicken plates with vegetables and those kinds of things. I don’t like pap. I’m always surprised with the players, and they have [so much] pap on their plates and I think, ‘Is he going to eat that?'" Broos said, as quoted by Times Live.

Broos explains Khanyisa Mayo's AFCON 2023 snub

Sports Brief also previously reported that Broos discussed Khanyisa Mayo's AFCON snub for the Ivory Coast edition.

The prolific Cape Town City striker has pondered what more he must do to catch the eye of the Bafana Bafana coach.

Despite Mayo's impressive goal-scoring record, the 25-year-old has yet to secure a regular spot in the national team.

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