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3 candidates for Bafana job

2014-06-03 22:10
Carlos Queiroz (AFP)
Johannesburg - The quest to find Gordon Igesund's successor is underway!

The South African Football Association (SAFA) are understood to have started their search for qualified candidates to fill in the vacant Bafana Bafana coaching role once Igesund's contract expires at the end of August.  

As reported by Sport24, SAFA president Danny Jordaan remained mum regarding possible successors to Igesund in a media briefing following their executive meeting in Nasrec on Monday.

It is widely speculated that that current Iran coach, Carlos Queiroz, is the favourite to take over the country’s hot seat for a second tenure.

Speaking to an insider at the SAFA house, Sport24 now understands that the former Manchester United assistant manager is among the shortlist of candidates to take over from the outgoing Igesund.

The Mozambique-born tactician is said to be joined on the list by former Orlando Pirates and CS Sfaxien coach Ruud Krol as well as the Nigerian national team coach Stephen Keshi.

"Nothing has been finalised yet," said the insider.

"But those three coaches are the ones to be considered for the job.

"I can’t tell you anything now regarding the date of the announcement of who will succeed Gordon (Igesund).

"One of those three men will take over the reigns at Bafana Bafana."

Keshi and Queiroz will be at the helm of Nigeria and Iran respectively when the FIFA World Cup gets underway in Brazil next week, with both expected to be out of a contract at the end of the spectacle.

Queiroz was first appointed by SAFA in 2000, with his last match in charge of Bafana in 2002.

Under Queiroz, Bafana qualified for the 2002 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Mali, where the team reached the quarter-finals, eventually being knocked out by the hosts.

Queiroz also guided Bafana Bafana to the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, but after falling out of favour with SAFA, he left his post, with Jomo Sono left to lead the national team in Asia.

Notably, former Netherlands captain, Krol, is no stranger to South African football fraternity as he guided the Buccaneers to their first domestic treble back in the 2010/11 season.

Krol won the MTN8 competition, Nedbank Cup and the PSL title before departing from his duties in Parktown.

Keshi won the 2013 AFCON with the Super Eagles on South African soil.

It remains to be seen who will take over the reigns at the one-time African champions.

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