Bafana coach Hugo Broos calls on CAF to ban Zimbabwe

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos calls CAF to ban all countries that are hosting their matches outside their borders because they do not have stadiums that meets the minimum requirements.

PRETORIA – Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos says the Confederation of African Football (CAF) should ban all countries that are hosting their matches outside their borders because they do not have stadiums that meets the minimum requirements.

“This one thing I don’t understand in African football is that home games are not home games,” said Broos.

“I think Zimbabwe will play their home games in South Africa, so we have a little advantage for that game.”

“So, what I saw in the past, for example, Liberia played their home game in Morocco, I’m very sorry but this is not correct. I think CAF must do something about this.”

South Africa Bafana Bafana players pose for a team photo before the international friendly against Botswana in October 2023.
FILE: South Africa’s Bafana Bafana players pose for a team photo before the international friendly against Botswana in October 2023.
Hugo Broos proposes solution to CAF

Broos said the best way to solve this issue would be to ban nations from qualifiers, if they can’t meet the required standards after a certain period of time, which would speed up the process of fixing home venues because.

“I know it is not easy for those countries to have appropriate stadiums because it is something about money, but you can easily say, ‘in five years, if you don’t have a stadium, then you don’t play CAF games anymore, you don’t play AFCON qualifiers and that of the World Cup,” Broos said.

“But if you say nothing and those things happen, then the competition is not 100% correct anymore.

“It is not up to us, but it is the guys up there who have decided this and I hope one day they will decide by putting a period to say, ‘Okay, if you have not decided on the stadium that you need to have, I’m very sorry, you had those three or four or five years, finished, no qualifiers anymore – no for World Cup or AFCON’. Maybe then, they will do something.”

CAF has banned about 17 nations from playing home games in the ongoing 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, with Lesotho suffering this ignominy and Zimbabwe, who played their home matches away in Group C.

Shingai Matibiri
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