"I don't think Chiefs and Pirates currently have a plan" - Hugo Broos
By Neo Poho
Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has challenged Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates to step up their game and bridge the gap between them and Mamelodi Sundowns.
This comes after Broos picked up eight players from Mamelodi Sundowns in Bafana Bafana's 2023 back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Liberia on the 24th and 28th of March.
With only four players selected from Orlando Pirates and none from Kaizer Chiefs, Broos is a concerned man as he believes the two Soweto giants should be producing more players for the national team.
"It's unfortunately not good for South African football when you don't have more players in the national squad from Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, it's actually concerning and not good at all," Broos said.
Broos who is also adamant that selecting more players from one team doesn't work against him furthermore alluded that Mamelodi Sundowns have proven themselves to be a top quality team hence the players coming from the Pretoria based side are dominating in the national team.
With Amakhosi finding it hard to be on form and find some consistency in the current season, Broos said "Chiefs are struggling even though they do get the results sometimes but reality is they are struggling and there's no player we could have picked from this current Chiefs squad."
Sundowns are represented by Ronwen Williams, Grant Kekana, Mothobi Mvala, Teboho Mokoena, Themba Zwane, Cassius Mailula, Thapelo Morena and Aubrey Modiba with Broos believing they will contribute positively to the success of Bafana Bafana getting the much needed six points against Liberia.
"I have been watching Sundowns a lot lately and I feel they have a plan however, I don't think Chiefs and Pirates have a plan because it's not normal that when you look back in the past these were the top two teams fighting for the PSL honours but now they are nowhere near the chasing pack for the title."
Bafana will take on Liberia before meeting Morocco in June for their last group stage qualifier clash and Broos thinks quality is what's needed for the team to advance to the African Cup of Nations.
"These two games against Liberia are extremely important and for us to get over the line in both matches we need a quality performance from quality players and I think we have that now," Broos added.
Kick-off at the Orlando Stadium on the 24th of March is at 18:00.