- Media reports suggest that Phillipe Troussier and Carlos Queiroz have shown interest in the Bafana Bafana coaching job
- Although some within the SAFA structures want Pitso Mosimane in the position, it seems the country’s FA might settle for Phillipe Troussier or Carlos Queiroz
- While many are convinced that Phillipe Troussier and Carlos Queiroz are experienced enough, many on social media are rooting for Pitso Mosimane, who is a local coach
As the South African Football Association is in a race against time to find a new coach, a few foreign names have been mentioned; however, Pitso Mosimane is still a firm favourite.
SAFA parted ways with coach Molefi Ntseki a few weeks ago and while many want Al Ahly's Mosimane, Phillipe Troussier and Carlos Quiroz have both been linked with the vacant coaching job.
According to local media reports, Frenchman Troussier and Portugal’s Queiroz have both indicated their interest in the position, but it is reported that Mosimane remains a top priority as far as SAFA’s targets are concerned.
TimesLIVE has it that SAFA wants the former Mamelodi Sundowns boss but it remains a challenge to get him because he is contracted to Al Ahly in Egypt.
A source told TimesLIVE:
“This is clear‚ they [Troussier and Queiroz] want the job and the players will respect them.
“Let us face it‚ we need someone who understands SA football and our players‚ and Troussier and Queiroz fit the bill. Pitso is the top prize but I am not sure he will agree. If he doesn't‚ then we will intensify the talks with Troussier and Queiroz.”
After sacking Ntseki following his failure to lead the team to the 2021 CAF African Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon, SAFA has to find a new coach just before they resume with their 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup qualification campaign in June.
Taking a look at the comments on social media; many are in one voice and are against the idea of hiring a foreign coach.
“No to foreign coaches. @SAFA_net should remove themselves. They've done nothing for soccer except living it up, earn fantastic salaries while Bafana Bafana sunk deeper into a dark pit.”
@SihleThe General1 said:
“Vele (Danny) Jordaan and his friends will go for the cheaper option in Troussier...”
Briefly News reported that the most successful Bafana Bafana coach, Clive Barker, said AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy or Mosimane should be given the national team job.
Known as 'The Dog', the 76-year-old mentor remains confident in the AmaZulu coach and his remarks came just as the country is still reeling in shock following the recent 2-0 loss at the hands of Sudan.
Barker wanted to see former coach Ntseki relieved from his duties, saying the South African Football Association should go for a more qualified manager.
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