- The under-fire football administrator for SAFA, Danny Jordaan, has shared his thoughts on Bafana Bafana’s chances of attracting the top coaches in the world
- Many expect the former politician to announce a new Bafana manager on Saturday; he says any top coach could still be attracted to the job
- Despite many calling for Pitso Mosimane and Benni McCarthy to take up the reins, it seems SAFA and Jordaan have gone for a European manager
The South African Football Association is set to announce a new Bafana Bafana coach on Saturday and president Danny Jordaan explains why the vacant job has attracted many applications.
Media reports surfaced this week that the coaching post has attracted more than 200 CVs and some of the coaches are from Europe. Names such as Carlos Queiroz, Herve Renard as well as Phillipe Troussier were mentioned as among those vying for the top job.
Despite many legends and fans calling for Pitso Mosimane and Benni McCarthy, it seems the country’s FA will go for a European manager.
This comes after SAFA decided to axe Molefi Ntseki after failing to guide the team to the rescheduled 2021 CAF African Cup of Nations tournament to be staged in Cameroon next year. Jordan spoke to News24:
“If the Bafana Bafana job had this negative perception, then why are some of the best coaches in the world are showing interest? Many of the coaches out there have put up their hand said, ‘I want this job’. One of the things that we must realise is that Bafana Bafana remains a huge brand in the world of sport and football.”
The outspoken yet under-fire soccer boss has also made reference to the fact that Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are struggling to end the DStv premiership trophy drought.
“For example, it doesn’t matter as much as that Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates have not won the league for the past five years. They remain big brands and that is so for Bafana and that’s why the coaches want to coach this team.
“Also if you look at the current scenario, if you look at the players we have in Europe such as Bongani Zungu, Percy Tau, Thulani Serero, Lebo Mothiba, Lebogang Phiri and Luther Singh and Lyle Foster.
“The list goes so you can see that any coach coaming in has got those players at his disposal.”
On the other hand, a number of radio stations have reported this week that Jordaan is backing the appointment of the former Real Madrid and Manchester United boss, Queiroz but it remains to be seen who will eventually win the race.
Briefly News previously reported that many fans were already calling for coach Pitso Mosimane and McCarthy's appointments to lead the 1996 African champions.
The national team former coach, Ntseki, failed to guide the 1996 African champions to the 2021 Caf African Cup of Nations after losing to Sudan more than three weeks ago.
In the wake of that disappointing result, Ntseki had also expressed heartbreak as he is fully aware the nation has been let down, but the football fraternity is already looking at having a more experienced manager.
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