Bafana job to be advertised

2012-06-06 18:53

Johannesburg - The vacant Bafana Bafana head coach's position is expected to be officially advertised, and possibly finalised by August, according to SA Football Association (SAFA) vice-president Mwelo Nonkonyana.

The post opened up following the sacking of Pitso Mosimane on Monday night, with assistant coach Steve Komphela taking over on an interim basis.

"We are going to advertise the post, possibly as early as next week, and see all interested candidates," Nonkonyana said on Wednesday.

"We are looking for a coach that could take South Africa to the next level.

"The person must have a vision and be able to work with other South African coaches."

SAFA, however, will take recommendations from their technical committee, chaired by the association's national executive member, Fanyana Sibanyoni.

The committee also includes former Bafana coaches Clive Barker and Ted Dumitru, as well as SA Under-17 coach Simon Ngomane.

They are expected to meet early next week to fast track the process.

"They will come out with a certain criteria and then we will advertise the position," Nonkonyana said.

"The decisions and recommendations must be theirs."

While the new coach would definitely not be a foreigner, according to Dumitru, the committee would have to finalise whether they wanted a short- or long-term appointment.

The names of Komphela, Gordon Igesund and Gavin Hunt have been bandied about as favourites to take over.

Igesund, though, is current hot property after turning modest Moroka Swallows into a championship fighting outfit this past season.

"There is still information to be gathered, but we need someone to continue with the team and get the results that we need," Dumitru said.

"There are two ways - a short term for a quick solution or a longer term that can be five years.

"There is going to be a shortlist so it will not be fair to speculate right now."

The new coach is expected to start off with home and away friendly internationals earmarked for September, before playing Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland away in October.

Bafana then face African champions Zambia in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in November.

They will also host the Africa Cup of Nations in January.


  • BlaqDrumz - 2012-06-06 18:57

    maybe I shud apply for the job... cnt do worse than not beat Ethiopia! I'll even take a half of Pitso's salary

  • bnbclub - 2012-06-06 19:09

    For some reason I thought Gordon Igesund had been appointed....his credentials are better than anyone else's .

  • Philip Buys - 2012-06-06 19:11

    pick me! pick me! Pick me!!!!!!

  • Lunga - 2012-06-06 19:28

    No Hunt! No Komphela. WE WANT GORDON!!!!!

      Itumeleng - 2012-06-07 08:07

      Yes Lunga WE WANT GORDON ONLY!

  • Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-06-06 19:29

    Count me out

  • Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-06-06 19:32

    Count me out

  • sandile.makasi - 2012-06-06 19:47

    Changing the coach won't solely solve the problem. SAFA must sort out the development issues and come up with a holistic plan to ensure continuity between all national teams' divisions including Bafana and U17,U20

  • bertrand.mauvis - 2012-06-06 20:08

    Give Pieter de villiers the Job... he is looking for a job!

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-06-06 20:44

    Get Guus Hiddink if you can SAFA.And don't meddle or interfere when the manager picks his side. That's the worst mistake you can make ever. Let the manager,whoever that might be,just get on with his job. And that's to manage a football team.

      kndobe - 2012-06-06 21:07

      There was no interference at all from Safa this time around. We must start building for 2018 now and realise where our strength is and focus on that just like Spain did, they have shorth and highly skilled players who play the ball on the ground with nice touches and they do not run with it at all.

  • TravieGrif - 2012-06-06 20:49

  • Leon - 2012-06-06 21:17

    pick Bheki Cele...he needs a job and quick cash

  • mankgatleng - 2012-06-06 21:57

    with the talent we are having in south africa dont think i will need an experience to oil the bafana machine.i can lead our national to greener pastures with or without salary safa will just think....

      Keyaam - 2012-06-07 11:30

      what talent are you refering to? The problem with our soccer is that we have a bunch of over rated players playing in an over rated league. Take away the foreigners and we are left with pretty ordinary players..pretty much like England.

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  • deshmook - 2012-06-06 23:25

    Gordon!!! We need to take a South African Coach to Brazil.

  • Bongane - 2012-06-07 02:06

    Job vacancy as will be advertised is of a competent candidate,perhaps that particular candidate should be knowing much better of what 'Bafana's are in need of theraly also indicating the roles of each player.

  • diran.pillay - 2012-06-07 07:02

    Time to give Gordon a chance

  • lwazi.sithole.9 - 2012-06-07 08:21

    its not even about giving Igesund a chance.. its about excepting he is the best we have and placing him in his well earned job

  • Jackson - 2012-06-07 13:47

    help me, will Gordon bring goals or buy wins. hoe is tat gentleman whon is holding goals n wins 4 bafana

  • cuthbert.murwisi - 2012-06-08 12:46

    Pitso advertised the job 9months ago when he decided that the team should not win any more matches.

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