Hugo Broos named new coach of Bafana Bafana

Hugo Broos coached Cameroon to the African Cup of Nations title in 2017. Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

Former Belgium international Hugo Broos has been named new coach of South Africa, signing a five-year contract to the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The 69-year-old, who was part of the Belgium team that reached the FIFA World Cup semi-finals in 1986, coached Cameroon to the African Cup of Nations title in 2017. But he stayed less than two years in the job.

He has also managed Club Brugge and Anderlecht to Belgian league titles, and was named the country's Coach of the Year on four separate occasions.

He has also coached in Algeria, Greece, Qatar and Turkey, and last worked as technical director of Belgian club KV Oostende.

Broos replaces Molefi Ntseki who was fired last month after South Africa failed to reach the next Cup of Nations in Cameroon in January.

"We needed someone who is ready, who knows the arena. Because we had to look at the short time of going to the qualifiers, and we needed someone who is ready and knows experience [of running a national team]," said South African Football Association CEO Tebogo Motlanthe.

Broos arrives in the weeks before the kickoff of the group phase of the African World Cup qualifiers. South Africa compete in Group G with Ethiopia, Ghana and neighbours Zimbabwe.

"I will be there [South Africa] next week to have a few meetings and see what we have to do in the next few months," Broos told the media via Zoom.