Young guns help usher Bafana into brave new era under Broos

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Young guns help usher Bafana into brave new era under Broos

Bafana boss Hugo Broos on his Bafana youngsters: ‘I want to build a team for years to come’

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Hugo Broos wants to build a team that can last for years, the Bafana Bafana coach said after the first two matches of his brave new rebuilding era started with a 2022 World Cup qualifying draw against Zimbabwe and win against Ghana.

SA football supporters will say they have heard for years that Bafana are “rebuilding”, and they will have a point. But never before has a new SA coach come in with as bold an emphasis on introducing youth.

The closest any previous Bafana head coach came was when Shakes Mashaba qualified for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with a number of SA Under-20 internationals in his squad. But even Mashaba only fielded a few of those youngsters in competitive qualifiers — notably Rivaldo Coetzee. And he did not leave out big-name players the way Broos did for his first two matches, including captain Thulani Hlatshwayo and midfield stars Themba Zwane and Bongani Zungu...

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