- The 76-year-old former Bafana boss Clive Barker didn't mince his words when asked about his preferred candidate for the national team job
- Barker has also called for better pay when it comes to local coaches and explains why the current AmaZulu coach is the best
- On the other hand, the former Mpumalanga Black Aces coach believes former Bafana coaches such as Benni McCarthy or Pitso Mosimane could be roped in
The most successful Bafana Bafana coach, Clive Barker, says AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy or Pitso Mosimane of Al Ahly should be given the national team job.
Known as 'The Dog', the 76-year-old mentor is confident in the AmaZulu coach and his remarks come just as the country is still reeling in shock following the 2-0 loss at the hands of Sudan on Sunday.
Barker wants to see current coach Molefi Ntseki relieved from his duties, saying the South African Football Association should go for a more qualified manager.
Ntseki also admitted his failure to guide the 1996 African champions to the 2021 CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament set to be staged in Cameroon.
Moreover, the loss to the Falcons of Jediane has added more calls to the Safa House to employ a more tactically gifted manager. Barker told Timeslive:
"I think they should have thought of maybe someone like Benni McCarthy or people like that, who can come in and turn this whole thing around.
“No doubt about it‚ he [McCarthy] is a breath of fresh air. He knows the game at the highest level and he has played and scored at the highest level. He has made his mark at national level as a player and he is now making his mark as a coach locally. He is the guy that should be able to take us forward.
“He is the flavour of the month at the moment - and he should be, too. He has done really well as a coach‚ the people respond well to him and they do it for a reason - because he has delivered the goods before.
“We have got coaches here at home and we must pay them to get the team in decent situations‚ and give them the support.”
Speaking about lack of respect and recognition for local coaches, Barker has sent a message to SAFA, that locals deserve a decent salary to execute their duties. He added:
“The only thing is to get results. We have got to get young Benni or a Pitso Mosimane who has won at the highest level in Africa. We have got people who have won things. There are talented people. There is Shakes Mashaba‚ who has had a tough time as coach.
“I think if they get everybody together that has coached Bafana, that would be the way to go. I think those people have the right ideas. We definitely have the right quality of players and we have got the right set-up.”
Ntseki also explained what makes the pain more unbearable is the fact they were almost close to booking a spot at the 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon next year.
According to well-known sportscaster Robert Marawa, the Free State-born manager has lamented the fact that he could not get experienced players for the qualifying campaign because of the coronavirus pandemic and that his career has taken a knock.
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