Nigeria may face Cameroon without Hugo Broos

The much talked about 2018 World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Cameroon may see the Indomitable Lions arriving in Uyo with a new coach.

South Africa based reported that current Cameroon coach Hugo Broos is interested in the vacant Bafana Bafana job.

Broos recently lead a make-shift Lions outfit to their fifth – and first in 15 years – Africa Cup of Nations crown in Gabon, merely a year into his job.

The Belgian tactician, however, has since thrown his name into the hat with SAFA, who are in search of a replacement for Shakes Mashaba, but according to his representative Gino Laureyssen of Ligi Star Management, they have yet to receive a response.

“I asked him (Broos) if he wants to be a candidate for SAFA because they are looking for a head coach,” Laureyssen tells this website. “So this week we have sent his CV to the CEO of SAFA, but until now we didn’t get any answer, which I think is a little (unusual).

“He’s very interested in working with a young group and I think the South African national team hasn’t done well in recent years, and if you see how he did with Cameroon, with not only stars but players who want to fight and work hard, I think that (his interest) is a good sign.”

Regarding his current job with Cameroon, Laureyssen explains that Broos is content with his achievement of lifting the continental crown, and would prefer a new challenge elsewhere rather than regressing in future.

“Look, if he has won the African Cup of Nations and is a hero in that country, I think he’s very smart [to know] that it can only go backwards [from here on out],” he added.

“I mean, he has reached the maximum possible with that team, in that tournament, so I think now the challenge is to look for a new project where he can see what he can do – if he can maybe go to the (2018) World Cup or the next Nations Cup.

“Nothing is decided yet but if he says he wants a new challenge it means a lot and to be honest, personally, the living condition in South Africa is maybe a little better than in Cameroon.”