Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos says he is not bothered by the “cheap and shortsighted ” criticism directed at him following after achieving the national team’s failure to qualify for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The Belgian mentor has also come under fire following Bafana’s 5-0 loss to World Champions, France, in a friendly match in March.
Broos, however, feels that the World Cup qualifying campaign was a success even though Bafana failed to qualify for the world football showpiece.
“For me, it was a success. We had a new team, a young team, an inexperienced team but from the six games, we won four, drew one and, ok, we lost the last one [against Ghana],” defended Broos.
“We had 13 points and I did a little research from the last [qualification campaign], let’s say, from 10-12 years of all the qualifiers South Africa have played for the World Cup and AFCON…
“You had never [accumulated] 13 points, the maximum was 12, so it means that this was not so bad that we did [in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers]. And still, after our match against Ghana there were critics – I didn’t understand it. And it was worse after our friendly games against Guinea and France.
“So, I don’t know why [exactly] there were so many critics? And I can assure you that, for me, those critics don’t affect me because they are short-sighted and – how can I call it – cheap.”
Bafana will next face Morocco in a 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifier in Rabat on Thursday, 9 June.