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Hodgson on shortlist for Bafana coach - report

2017-01-26 11:36
Roy Hodgson (Supplied)
Roy Hodgson (Supplied)

Cape Town - Former England manager Roy Hodgson is reportedly shortlisted to replace Shakes Mashaba as Bafana Bafana head coach.

According to the KickOff website, Hodgson will be one of the candidates discussed when the South African Football Association (SAFA) meets to consider a new coach.

SAFA has reportedly received many applicants interested in the job, but the organisation more likely to focus on a handful of high-profile options, which now include the former England manager.

Hodgson resigned as England manager in June last year after their shock 2-1 defeat to Iceland at the Euro 2016 round of 16 stage in France.

Hodgson has some ties to South Africa, as he coached the Mandela XI in a FIFA-organised charity match at Newlands Stadium in 2009.

He is also reportedly a regular visitor to the country for holidays.

If the Hodgson speculation is true, according to a Sowetan Live report, SAFA will have to fork out an estimated R50m a year to hire the Englishman.

Last week, former Manchester United assistant coach Carlos Queiroz said he would be honoured if he gets another chance to mentor the national side.

"If I'm free and considered for the position of national team coach of South Africa," said the former Bafana coach.

Queiroz mentored South Africa from 2000-2002 and guided the team through to the 2002 Soccer World Cup qualifiers.

Bafana Bafana have been without a coach since the end of December 2016, after Mashaba was fired.

SAFA president, Danny Jordaan, confirmed that the search process for a new Bafana Bafana coach has not yet begun.

Pitso Mosimane and Gavin Hunt have both been linked with the job, along with Maritzburg United coach Roger de Sa, Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic and former Orlando Pirates coach Ruud Krol.

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