JOHANNESBURG – In the wake of coach Stuart Baxter’s resignation, the South African Football Association (SAFA) has handed the coaching reigns to Molefi Ntseki as an interim manager.
The country’s football governing body announced the decision over the weekend that Baxter’s former assistant manager will take the baton until a permanent coach is hired.
“Following the SAFA Technical Committee meeting earlier today (Saturday, 3 August 2019), the South African Football Association (SAFA) is pleased to follow through on the recommendation from the Technical Committee, and has appointed Molefi Ntseki as Interim Coach of the Men’s Senior National Team, Bafana Bafana with immediate effect,” said SAFA in a statement.
“Given that Ntseki has been with Bafana Bafana for quite a while now, it was felt that in the interest of continuity, and given the upcoming fixtures in September, Ntseki is best placed to follow through with the foundation that has been laid by Coach Baxter, who resigned on Friday, 2 August 2019.
“Ntseki, the current u17 Head Coach, is an entrenched student of SAFA’s Vision 2022, having involvement with all the national teams as well over the past few years, from the u20 men as well as Banyana Banyana and u17 women teams.
“Regarding a permanent replacement, the SAFA Technical Committee has resolved to appoint a task team, whose names will be released during the week, to consider a new head coach for Bafana Bafana.
“While it’s our intention to use our best endeavours to resolve the Bafana Bafana head coach matter by the end of the month, it is to be understood that with these matters, it involves complex negotiations with the potential replacement, and therefore not always possible to resolve such matters in a short space of time,” concluded the football body.
With several coaches such as Mamelodi Sundowns’ Pitso Mosimane, Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt and Cape Town City’s Benni McCarthy linked with the vacant coaching job, DailyAfrika spoke to one of the former Bafana players to share his views.
Jol Masilela explained that the national team coaching job needs someone who can stamp his authority and be firm on decision making.
“I don’t think Ntseki is the right man to lead the national team so far. We need someone like Pitso, I am not saying he must leave Sundowns and take the job,” Masilela told DailyAfrika.
“I think Ntseki is not experienced when it comes to club level and we need someone that can lead the team with experience.
“He’s a good coach and has been with the national team for years, however, he is a junior national team coach and is not experienced as a head coach at senior level.
“I think we need to get an experienced coach, not just for the sake of having a coach, but someone with a track record and preferably a local.
“We need someone that knows our local players, that knows the local game and I believe we can go forward – for now, Ntseki is not the right man,” he concluded.