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Hugo Broos at the FNB Stadium. Image: Lefty Shivambu/BackpagePix

Hugo Broos ‘reveals’ he wanted to resign after Afcon

Hugo Broos has revealed what he told SAFA president Danny Jordaan a day after Bafana Bafana finished third at the Afcon.

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Hugo Broos at the FNB Stadium. Image: Lefty Shivambu/BackpagePix

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos reportedly told SAFA president Danny Jordaan that he wanted to quit the national team a day after the team’s last Africa Cup of Nations.

Under Broos, Bafana finished third at the Afcon.

After the heroics at the tournament, Broos was hailed by many fans and it looked likely that the Belgian coach would continue with the national team until 2026.

On Monday, reports emerged that Broos told Jordaan that he wanted to return to Belgium,

“I had a conversation with the president – on Saturday, we played the match for third place and on Sunday we were in the hotel and I made an appointment with the president and said ‘look, I’d like to stop’,” he said on the Frank & Franky podcast, as translated into English.

“I think he was lucky that he was sitting down, otherwise he would’ve fallen over.”

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“I said, ‘I don’t want to experience the criticism I received here over the last two years again’. Now, everything is good. But in March we have a group of friendlies and if we disappoint, it starts all over again,” Broos said as per iDiski Times.

“And also, I’m alone in South Africa. My family is here [in Belgium]. I’m not going to do that anymore, two-and-a-half months I was not there. But it’s a lot, especially when you have grandchildren then it’s worse.

“The league was scheduled until 31 December. So I decided to write a letter to the league’s Chairman to ask to stop after Christmas and there was no reply. When the fixtures came out, first thing I looked at was when they break and they only stopped 31 December.

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“I wrote another letter to explain that Sundowns players feature in so many competitions, they need a break before AFCON.

“They also said they discussed it with everyone, which is absolutely not true,” Broos added.

“And also the opposition of the league is not to understand.

“I will give you an example: In May, we started to prepare, we still had some friendly matches and two qualifying matches for the World Cup and then the preparations for AFCON.”

Bafana are in action later this month and it remains to be seen if Broos will be at the helm.

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