Broos issues apology for bizarre meltdown following lacklustre Bafana draw

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Hugo Broos (Gallo)
Hugo Broos (Gallo)

Head coach Hugo Broos issued an apology for his bizarre meltdown after refusing to honour his post-match media duties following Bafana Bafana's disastrous draw against minnows Liberia.

Bafana looked on course for a comfortable win after a Lyle Foster brace handed Broos' side a 2-0 lead at the half-time break.

Liberia though - ranked 150th in the FIFA world rankings - pulled a goal back in the 68th minute before Mohammed Sangare scored in stoppage time to salvage a draw for the visitors.

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The Belgian bizarrely immediately stormed to the Bafana dressing room and refused to answer journalists' questions post-match.

"It was everything," Broos told SAFA media in explaining what caused his post-match reaction.

"When you see the game, it was clear that we were the better team. It was clear that we had a lot of chances. But it was also clear that we missed a lot of chances that, in the last half an hour we lost control over the game because yeah, Liberia was more powerful than we were.

"In the 91st minute or 92nd minute you get a goal where you lose the victory.

"That left me with a lot of emotions and I left at 2-2, went immediately to the dressing room. I did not fulfill my media obligations and I want to apologise for that.

"But I am a human being and the emotions took control over me yesterday. I know from experience that it is better not to say anything in the heat of the moment and that’s what I did. It was not right, but I think that people can understand in such circumstances when you are taking that decision."

Broos additionally denied suggestions that he was considering his Bafana future with Friday's result putting his tenure under immense scrutiny.

"Yes, yes, for sure for sure, if there is something I want it is to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations," Broos added.

"It has been the same since I got to South Africa. It is something I have worked for over the last two years, and it was with ups and downs. Sometimes people didn't understand why I took some decisions, but I think everyone saw yesterday that we have a good team.

"Let’s be clear about that also. Let’s be clear again that I still believe in the team and that I want to go with them to the Afcon next year in Côte d'Ivoire.

"So there is no doubt about it, and I will again do everything I can to win on Tuesday, and to assure qualification for Afcon in January next year. So let there be no doubt about that."

Bafana Bafana next face the return fixture against Liberia in Monrovia on Tuesday.

"So I think the most important thing now is that the players know I still believe in them, I still believe in them.

"They must not believe that because I was frustrated, angry and disappointed yesterday I don’t believe in the team. I believe in the team because I built it.

"I know we have good players, and I know this team is able to qualify for the Afcon. So I think that's what they're waiting for now, to see a coach who still believes in them.

"Then we will prepare for that difficult game in Monrovia on Tuesday, and I hope we will not make the same mistakes in that game because it was very, very, very clear that we are the better team.

"So if we can yes, refill the batteries again for Tuesday, not just physically, but also mentally, then we have to come back with a positive result. I am sure of it."

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