BAFANA Bafana legend Doctor Khumalo is not convinced by the current Bafana team and has blasted coach Hugo Broos for some of the questionable selections he’s made since taking over.
Khumalo was speaking at Ria Ledwaba’s botched press conference in Sandton on Tuesday.
Broos replaced Molefi Ntseki last year after he failed to guide Bafana to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals, which took place in Cameroon earlier this year.
The Belgian mentor set out to rebuild the national team with a youth-based approach, which saw him give youngsters such as Ethan Brooks, Evidence Makgopa, and Bongokuhle Hlongwane a chance to shine.
Although the early signs were positive, the lack of experience in the team began to tell and Broos’ side squandered a golden opportunity to qualify for the World Cup when they lost to Ghana in the final group match.
Khumalo is one of many who have since slammed Broos for ignoring key experienced players and opting to throw youngsters in the deep end – a move that he believes failed dismally.
“There are certain things our national team coach can’t do,” said Khumalo.
“You can’t take away or shy away from what Mamelodi Sundowns are doing. They are the best team and have the best players. How do you go and play a serious match and leave out players that I strongly believe would have made a difference?
“There’s no way Ethan Brooks could play away against Ghana and give us results when Andile Jali is out there, an experienced player (not selected).
“I believe with the help of experienced players, it would have made a difference.”
Khumalo didn’t stop there, adding that he had been embarrassed after watching Broos’ Bafana being walloped 5-0 by France in Lille last month.
Khumalo is of the opinion that a local coach would have been perfect for Bafana, given all the success they have had in the past. “All that we have achieved was through our own coaches,” added Khumalo.
“Remember Bra Shakes (Mashaba), the first coach to qualify the SA Under 23s for the Olympics.
“Clive Barker won the Afcon in 1996 and took us to the World Cup in 1998. And not forgetting the likes of Jomo Sono in 2002 and Trott Moloto.
“But what did we do thereafter? We only suppressed Pitso Mosimane because we thought he was a failure.”