Hugo Broos has revealed the reason he continues to snub Kaizer Chiefs' players, after Bafana Bafana's latest squad list ahead of their upcoming friendlies in October.
The Belgian coach recently came under fire, after he snubbed Chiefs players for Bafana’s friendly games in September. At the end of it all, Amakhosi star Pule Modi was selected for the national side as Temba Zwane’s replacement.
It was a similar scenario once again as Broos selected only Sibongiseni Mthethwa in his 23-man squad to face Eswatini and Ivory Coast ahead of Bafana's friendlies against Eswatini and South Africa in less than a fortnight from now.
Coach Hugo Broos' Bafana Bafana squad to face eSwatini and Ivory Coast this month.
– Paseka Mako gets first call up
– Ox Mthethwa the only Kaizer Chiefs player
— Mthokozisi Dube (@dube_mthoko) October 5, 2023
The 71-year-old previously stated that his reason for omitting Chiefs' players from his squad was simply because they were not good enough, especially after their poor start to the PSL season.
In yet another admission, Broos did not hold back on his assessment of Kaizer Chiefs' players.
Broos – I spoke the truth about Kaizer Chiefs players
Speaking in a press conference on Thursday, Broos said: “I think I’m too straight, I tell the things how they are. I don’t like to say it’s grey when it’s white or black, for me it’s black or white. What I feel is the truth but they don’t accept it,” he said.
“For example when I spoke about the players of Chiefs, everyone is angry because I said that but it is like that, Chiefs don’t play good at the moment. So what did I say wrong?
“Chiefs dont play good for the moment, so what did i say wrong?”
To further rub it in the face of Amakhosi players and their fans, Broos also backed Mamelodi Sundowns to win their seventh DStv Premiership title in a row.
“I think we will have the same season like the one before, and the one before that, Sundowns will be champions,” he added.
“They (Sundowns) have won every game. When I see Chiefs and Pirates, they normally have to be the biggest opponent and this is not what we expect from those teams. So yes, the quality of the PSL has not increased. It has stayed the same.
“Sundowns are dominating and others are trying to follow but they can’t. This is not good for South African football. It is not even good for Sundowns.”
Broos also claimed that Sundowns' failure to reach the final of the CAF Champions League because of a lack of proper competitive sides in the PSL.
“Sundowns were in the quarterfinals of the Champions League two years ago and the semifinals last year,” continued the Belgian.
“One of the reasons they can’t go to the final is because the opponents they play every week (in SA) are not strong enough.”
It won't be the first time Broos will come under scrutiny for a controversial comment and probably not his last.
However, his most recent comments will not go down well with Kaizer Chiefs' fans and it would be interesting to see the public reception in the coming days, after his latest claim.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago