- The South African Football Association (SAFA) has decided to part ways with Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki
- Following his failure to lead Bafana to the 2020/21 CAF African Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon, SAFA announced the decision on Ntseki on Wednesday
- Although many have called for Benni McCarthy's appointment, SAFA is yet to comment on Ntseki's successor
The South African Football Association has acted swiftly in firing Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki and the association announced this on Wednesday. Ntseki failed to lead the 1996 African Cup of Nations champions to the continental tournament next year in Cameroon.
As he was looking for a draw to book a spot at the biennial showpiece, his charges succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Sudan away from home on Sunday.
The result has left tongues wagging with many legends calling for his head while Clive Barker said Benni McCarthy or Pitso Mosimane should be handed the coaching powers.
According to the Timeslive website, Safa CEO Tebogo Motlanthe confirmed the decision to sack the former school teacher. Said Motlanthe in a press conference held in Johannesburg:
"The decision was taken at about 10am. This was an NEC decision, it was taken in a round-robin. The National Executive Committee has resolved to part ways with the coach; it is just administrative things that are outstanding.
“We are here to convene the message of the NEC. They have mandated us to apologise to the nation on their behalf for the team’s failure to qualify for the Afcon. Unfortunately we did not qualify and we know it has emotionally affected the country.”
The Botshabelo-born mentor was roped in to succeed Stuart Baxter, who stepped down in August 2019 after guiding the team to the quarter-finals of the continental tournament that was held in Egypt.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that many fans, including the former Bafana boss, Barker, are calling for the inclusion of the AmaZulu and Al Ahly manager as they were more technically capable compared to Ntseki.
On the other hand, Ntseki admitted that he failed the nation and that his career has been badly affected, but expressed pain following the loss on Sunday.
With the embattled football governing body is yet to announce their next step, it remains to be seen if they will bow to calls and eventually hire McCarthy.
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