- Molefi Ntseki was recently appointed as the new Bafana Bafana head coach
- Highlands Park coach Owen Da Gama feels that Safa (South African football association) made the correct decision to appoint a local coach
- Da Gama called on the other local coaches to support Ntseki and also said he should be able to call on the expertise of veteran coaches, such as Jomo Sono and Clive Barker
Safa’s national executive committee (NEC) took the bold decision and announced Molefi Ntseki as head coach of Bafana Bafana.
Despite speculation, Safa resisted the temptation to appoint a foreign coach and Highlands Park coach Owen Da Gama agrees with this approach.
Da Gama has experienced working with Ntseki before and expressed his joy when the decision was announced.
SunSport reported that Da Gama cited examples of strong football nations who only appoint locally.
Da Gama said, “I always say we have to appoint a South African coach. You look at the best countries in the world like Germany, Spain, Argentina and Brazil they always appoint their very own. This is because they want their country to develop and grow with their own coaches. I think Safa made the right choice and we will support Ntseki.”
Briefly.co.za understands that the Highlands Park mentor feels that Ntseki will be able to call on the experience of former Bafana coaches, such as Clive Barker, “Shakes” Mashaba and Jomo Sono.
Da Gama also touched on the challenges posed by having a foreign coach and said, “It is always very difficult to call the national team head coach while he is a foreigner and try to advise him, as they look down on us. I hope and pray that Safa and the PSL coaches support Ntseki.”
The 50-year-old Ntseki started off as a school teacher and has been coaching professionally for just over 20 years.
In 2014, he was appointed as the under-17 head coach and also served as assistant coach to Stuart Baxter for the senior team.
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