- Another South African legend, Junior Khanye, wants Pitso Mosimane for the vacant Bafana Bafana coaching job
- Khanye argues that Molefi Ntseki was never qualified to lead underachieving Bafana Bafana in the first place
- Moreover, the former Kaizer Chiefs star, Khanye, has challenged Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates to lead by example in terms of player development
As the debate continues on who should lead Bafana Bafana, ex-Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Junior Khanye has thrown his weight behind Al Ahly boss Pitso Mosimane.
The outspoken retired dribbling wizard didn't mince his words as far as who his preferred candidate is, saying the former Mamelodi Sundowns tactician is the best.
Khanye's sentiment comes immediately after the under-fire South African Football Association opted against retaining coach Molefi Ntseki.
The 51-year-old was shown the exit door at the SAFA House on Wednesday after dismally failing to bag a draw against Sudan and qualify for the upcoming CAF African Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon early next year. Khanye told TimesLive:
“Bring Pitso Mosimane back as head coach of Bafana Bafana. We must bring in someone who has the philosophy that will suit our players and coach Pitso understands our football culture and our players.
“Ted Dumitru laid the foundation, and in the junior national teams we must bring in guys like Zipho Dlangalala, Dan Malesela, Farouk Khan, Kwanele Kopo, Sudesh Singh and Floyd Mogale.
“Those are coaches for junior national teams. Kopo is currently with the senior national team but the question is who is he with there. Are they listening to him? I don’t think they listen to him because he is the third assistant. I am sorry, my brother, this is daylight robbery.”
The legend has also critically looked at the appointment of Ntseki, saying it was a miscalculated move in the first place.
“Why is coach Molefi Ntseki the Bafana Bafana coach in the first place? Where did he prove himself? Not even in the National First Division (NFD) or Diski Challenge. I am sorry but we cannot bring such coaches to the senior national team.
“It is very disappointing that we have failed to qualify for Afcon (when) we are similar to Brazil with players who are very skillful.”
Going forward, the Daveyton-based former Amakhosi fan favourite continued to lambaste the development of players, saying the Big Three should set the precedent. He continued:
“We need to do proper development with all the 16 teams doing things properly. If Chiefs, Sundowns, and Pirates, who are the face of SA football, can do things properly, everything will be fine. But because they are not doing things properly, that’s why things are like this. Why do we call players who are 23 or 24? Youngsters.
"In Brazil, you must be ready for the World Cup at the age of 17 years. Why do we bring players who were never in junior national teams like Ben Motshwari, Ruzaigh Gamildien, Thabang Monare?”
Taking a look at the archives, Briefly.co.za previously reported that the Kagiso-born mentor's name is touted as one of those who are preferred to take over Ntseki.
Together with Benni McCarthy of AmaZulu, legend Clive Barker believes the South African Football Association should look at the duo as they are experienced.
Despite the calls, SAFA is yet to comment on their next step as far as the new coach is concerned but have confirmed the sacking of Ntseki on Wednesday.