SAFA Explains Bafana Coach's Mandate

The South Africa Football Association (SAFA) have effectively given new coach Hugo Broos a free pass and said qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is not a requirement in his mandate.
It comes as Broos starts his tenure with a completely new team from that which failed to reach the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, with a number of young and inexperienced players that it is hoped will be peaking in their careers around the time of the 2026 World Cup.
SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan explains the organization’s vision in the latest episode of the COSAFA Show, and exactly why they brought Broos on board.
“I think we have hope again,” he said. “This is a new beginning, we have a new coach, new assistant coach, new technical staff, new medical staff, new goalkeeper coach. And young players, you look at their faces, some are still babies that have been thrown into international football.
“So it's a fresh start, a new vision, new path, new direction. And the first match against Zimbabwe, in Harare on an uneven pitch, is going to be a huge test for this team. And if they can get positive results, I think we are on the way of the renewal of Bafana.
"We've tried to qualify for the World Cup and AFCON with '30 something' players and we didn't make it. And therefore, when we called Broos, it was because he was previously the coach of Cameroon and when he started, he had to also bring an end to all of those great players there who were over their 30s.
"Nobody gave that team a chance, in Cameroon or outside of it. And he brought those young boys and they won the [2017] AFCON.
“And suddenly there was a new generation of players. This is what we said to him. His contract is until 2026, which means it's to the next World Cup. And so what we will demand from him is qualification for the next AFCON [in 2023] and the next World Cup [in 2026].”