NASREC – Following a month of speculation regarding the appointment of a new Bafana Bafana coach, the South African Football Association (SAFA) has roped in Molefi Ntseki on a permanent role.
SAFA made the announcement on Saturday, with the acting CEO Russell Paul stating that Ntseki understands the South African football despite many believing that he is inexperienced.
Paul explained the criteria used to employ Stuart Baxter’s successor just ahead of the international friendly against Zambia away in Lusaka this coming weekend.
“We’ve said that part of the criteria was somebody who understands South African football and the path that we want to go,” Paul explained.
“We have had major qualification successes of our Under-17, U-20 and U23 teams and we believe one of the factors that count in his favour is that he has an opportunity [to transfer such success to the senior team], and he knows how to harness that.
“He took the U-17s to the World Cup, he’s been integrally involved with Banyana Banyana in their preparations for the World Cup and Afcon and other things.”
The former South African U17 coach’s appointment comes at a time when coaches such as Mamelodi Sundowns boss Pitso Mosmane, Gavin Hunt of Bidvest Wits, Cape Town City’s Benni McCarthy were all linked with the coaching job.
In addition, Steve Komphela of Golden Arrows was also seen as a perfect candidate to lead the team but the former school teacher has won the race.
Mosimane expressed that he is not available to lead the side, saying he was fired in 2012 despite begging the country’s FA to have faith in him.
“I have learned a lot during my time at Safa. But the way they sacked me, it was not nice. I don’t believe a coach who spent two years with you and lose two games should be fired. It was sad to be fired,” expressed the former SuperSport United manager.
“I was sacked by taxi owners, it was sad to be fired by the priest, it was sad to be fired by the chief,” he expressed.