Five shortlisted for Bafana job

2012-06-08 09:03

Johannesburg - The SA Football Association's (SAFA) technical committee has fast-tracked the process to sign a new Bafana Bafana coach by identifying five candidates for the vacant post.

Steve Komphela, Gordon Igesund, Gavin Hunt, Shakes Mashaba and Neil Tovey, were asked on Thursday to make a presentation on their strategies and vision after the technical committee, headed by Fanyana Sibanyoni, had held an urgent meeting.

This meant the post would not be advertised, as SAFA vice-president Mwelo Nonkonyana had initially indicated on Wednesday.

"The committee developed a set of criterion for the appointment of the coach, key of which was that SAFA would only consider a local coach for the position," SAFA said in a statement on Friday.

"This eliminated a large number of the potential applicants.

"The committee developed 12 criteria that they believe are critical for the coach, and then identified five coaches that they decided were best suited to those criteria, based on their knowledge of local coaches.

"The five coaches were contacted on Thursday, June 7, as well as their clubs, to request if they were prepared to come and do a presentation to the selection panel that will interview them."

The interview and presentation process would start next week with the final recommendation to the association's national executive committee (NEC) expected before June 30.

"All of the coaches have agreed to be interviewed, and will be provided with the agreed set of criteria and given a maximum of two hours for presentation and the interview," the statement read.

"This process will start next week Wednesday, June 13, and conclude the following Monday, June 18.

"The final recommended candidate will be presented to the NEC on June 30 or earlier."

SAFA chief executive Robin Petersen said they wanted former Bafana coach and Jomo Cosmos chairperson, Jomo Sono, as well as Kaizer Chiefs executive chairperson, Kaizer Motaung, to serve in the selection panel.

"The selection panel will consist, as a core, of members of the technical committee together with the SAFA technical director and CEO, and the chairperson of the international board/commercial committee," Petersen said.

"We are also going to approach Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung to serve on the panel.

"Additional members might also be appointed in broader consultation."

Pitso Mosimane was sacked earlier this week, with Komphela taking over on an interim base ahead of their 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifier against Botswana in Gaborone on Saturday.


  • marcus.daily3 - 2012-06-08 09:21

    Gordon Igesund should feel hard done....Joel Santana was not interviewed, he just walk in with a letter reading "Carlos sent me here, apparently you giving me R1m a month".

      Njabulo Nhlabathi - 2012-06-08 10:14


      Peter - 2012-06-08 10:21


      Advocatus.Diabolis - 2012-06-08 10:56


  • Tito - 2012-06-08 09:28

    Whats happening, first on Tuesday SAFA say they are going to advertise the job, now they already got shortlist with no advert. Looks like this is going the route of tender adverts, or was SAFA confused about the way forward.

      brian.heunis - 2012-06-08 09:29

      What a pathetic bunch!

      Jack - 2012-06-08 12:04

      One would think that the officials are bound to select a black coach, a mean why would work experience, past records, education, play any part in the selection process, surely they must stick with government policy and choose an affirmative action candidate, or are they now very concerned as to whom they’ll pick because their sick of losing?

      cuthbert.murwisi - 2012-06-08 12:30

      I think the advert was meant for those five shortlisted guys. Which is very odd indeed. Maybe they applied before the advert? Let's leave it there before people think we are as crazy or as confused as SAFA.

      nhamo.dzenyika - 2012-06-08 12:41

      did SAFA say that or journalists said that? don't believe anything you read. soccer journalists are pathetic bunch

      Tito - 2012-06-08 13:58

      Got it, so maybe I shouldnt believe this article also. Thanks for that.

  • Bantu - 2012-06-08 09:28

    Shakes Mashaba never failed Bafana he must be assisted by Khompela..

      brian.heunis - 2012-06-08 09:31

      ah, here we go....

      Shades - 2012-06-08 09:36

      are you stupid?? Only 2 have any track record. Igesund and hunt. As a team they would be incredible!!

      Arthur - 2012-06-08 09:48

      Don’t know what you trying to start but, I’ll try and respond in a reasonable manner for one shakes should stay with the under 23 and work on the plan he started, we need development. With regards to Steve Khompela, I respect the guy but his personality won’t allow him to be a good assistant its either he is the coach or not.

      k.tlokotsi - 2012-06-09 14:28

      @shades, that would be the perfect combo for the national team, by far the best coaches in the country....

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-06-08 09:29

    I say Neil Tovey because he knows how to win a big tournament. Remember 1996? I rest my case!

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  • pal.mabelane - 2012-06-08 09:29

    WTF? Jomo Sono, I really don't know what SAFA see in this man.

      brian.heunis - 2012-06-08 09:33

      part of the g-train my friend....

      Arthur - 2012-06-08 09:55

      eeeeesh!!!! Im speechless, how can we move forward when we use the same people who failed over and over again. All I can say is that we supporters are gluttons for punishment. We will keep going to stadiums and spend our hard earned peanuts purporting mediocrity.

  • andrew.kannemeyer - 2012-06-08 09:33

    Just give Gordon the job, for goodness sakes! What more does this guy need to do to prove he is the best, Not any of the other coaches listed here caqn hold a candle to this guy! Seriously!

  • Marco Gajane - 2012-06-08 09:33

    pay the sangoma and u will succede nd are they considering to destroy free state stars nd swallows bcs they want their coaches

      tugwana.gwalagwala - 2012-06-08 12:37

      evil thoughts!!!!

  • Ndira - 2012-06-08 09:37

    eish if not Igesund then Shakes should take over

  • Konapi - 2012-06-08 09:38

    Gordon and his assistant Tovey can do the job....leave the politics this is not ANC/UDM, the 2 guys are well suitable for the job.

  • Lunga - 2012-06-08 09:43

    Gordon Igesund is the only man for the job. Have been for the last 15 years.

  • Abram - 2012-06-08 09:47

    kaizer motaung and jomo sono? so gordon is definitely out we all know these 2 dont like him.

  • Jimmy - 2012-06-08 10:09

    What's Neil Tovey doing on such a heavy weight list?

  • damian.jacoby - 2012-06-08 10:24

    what has Steve Komplhele, Shakes Mashaba and Neil Tovey achived as a coach? Nothing , SA soccer going back words.......

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-06-08 10:26

    This is a joke, it seems we just never had a coach after Clive that could do the job, please get it right this time, we are an embarrasment to the rest of Africa and the world.....

  • Ralph - 2012-06-08 10:27

    Mr. Hunt should be the man but I guess because of him so outspoken the powers that be will overlook him...again!

  • xoli.xuma - 2012-06-08 10:27

    Why Jomo and Kaizer?

  • Millos Mpofu - 2012-06-08 10:29

    The Nation want Gordon but Petersen,Jomo and Keizer will prefer Tovey

  • Cyrus - 2012-06-08 10:34

    Shakes or Gordan, they are the two best candidates. Gordan has proven that he can take any team and challenge for top honours. He brings out the best in the players. Shakes has a pretty decent record for the under23 squad and should be considered. Hunt has done well at supersport but he had a qood squad and his past two seasons were not great. Neil is a bit inexperienced but having him as an assistant might be a good idea

      Cyrus - 2012-06-08 10:39

      PS: Steve is doesnt have a track record but his in the best position for an audition now

  • attie.snyders - 2012-06-08 10:35

    Gordon is doing and did a good job in the PSL, but what about Gavin Hunt. I would rather say Gordon and Gavin as a team but what we forget is that they will still work with the same technical team and I believe that is where our biggest problem lays. So I would say change the whole Bafana management team and not only the coach.

  • Lester - 2012-06-08 10:42

    Utilise all 5 of the interviewed coaches in one complete coaching team with Gordon manager, surely you cant go wrong. They can all play a huge role in building the national team and at the same time do wonders for the country and its football mad supporters!

  • cmpofana - 2012-06-08 10:57

    I think SAFA must apoint Shakes Mashaba coz he is the 1 who make the team 2 qualify for 2002 World Cup, and is the only coach who beat Brazil in S.a

  • Rob - 2012-06-08 10:59

    Jomo Sono..!..Igesund, Hunt & Tovey are screwed ! Maybe just as well. Bufoona are uncoachable !

  • Luke - 2012-06-08 11:03

    Not meaning to sound racist but SA needs a white South African Coach to get them to where they were back in 96, Igsund, Hunt and Tovey are class. As above I agree with Gordan and Tovey working together

  • Brandon - 2012-06-08 11:07

    no quality:(

  • Tito - 2012-06-08 11:07

    Carlos Quieroz pinpointed the problem long time ago. Not enough development and ill discipline amongst the players. The players did not like the way he talked to them, next thing he was gone. We sometimes need to take constructive criticisms. Gordon and Gavin has proven it over and over again. All it takes to beat SA teams is to have a disicplined squad that stick to a game plan. It's as easy as that, you don't need any stars in your team to win the PSL league. Ethiopia demonstrated this with our national team last week. SA soccer is low in discipline and very naive technically. The problem for us is that even the minnows in Africa are improving technically faster than us, and that is why we are lagging behind. The 2010 debacle should have woken us up, but alas, we are still celebrating beating France. Look at how decisive France were in making changes. Until we face that reality, changing coaches is not going to help, we have already lost 16 years since Barker and his boys.

      James - 2012-06-08 11:38

      You show a lot of insight. However, Gordon and/or Gavin can build a team. Clearly the best player by far is Pienaar and they can build around him. He has been well managed in the UK and he knows the discipline and is very stable. Many of the locals have an inflated egos and need cutting down to size. Quieroz applied discipline but didn't have time to get results here but distinguished himself elsewhere. Likewise Trousseau was very hard and got instant results but but the players didn't like him. He also moved on and did well. Both Igesund and Hunt have demonstrated that a group of good average players can be welded into an excellent team. Success depends on how much crap they have to put up with from SAFA. Top managers take no nonsense from players or owners. Whoever takes on the job is in for a tough time.

      Tito - 2012-06-08 12:55

      @James. I think everybody agrees that Gordon or Gavin are by far the best candidates and will make a big difference with Bafana, provided that they get full supprt from Safa. Personally, I dont think that SAFA has the political will to do what's right. So far it seems that their agenda has been about anything else but soccer, and this has failed us thus far. The longer we ignore it, the longer it's going to take to make the change that our soccer so desperately needs. Sad really, because the potential is definitely there for us to become giants on the continent once again.

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-06-08 11:11

    Wow, i just cannot believe i am reading all this racist nonsense, does it really matter what colour the coach is, is it not perhaps of more importance that the incumbant is competent to forge SA into a competitive unit again, so that we can at least qualify for the African Cup of Nations, let alone the WC. please just pick the best man for the job, the rest will fall inot place.....

      mapudieric.morakiwamachacha - 2012-06-08 11:29

      is there any where on the article where color is stipulated? racists should stay away from soccer as they have no place in this beautiful game.

  • buwaz - 2012-06-08 11:17

    I stil stand by Gordon n let the man choose his own technical stuff not employ his second best to help him,bcoz it wil b a clash of ideas

  • mapudieric.morakiwamachacha - 2012-06-08 11:33

    i'd go for gavin hunt.

  • Mtk.the.poet - 2012-06-08 11:35

    I'm too dumb to recognise the race,I don't know who is white who is green,all I know is if given a chance Gordon Igesund can do a superb job with Bafana if assisted by our own Tovey or Lucas Radebe,trust me we would go places,its about time we bring class of 96 into perspective\r\nGive me thumbs down haters come on,wozani ke

  • Tee - 2012-06-08 11:44

    Gordon Igesund is a suitable coach.

  • Chris - 2012-06-08 12:10

    they all suck balls, Bafana will be pathetic with any of those coaches and we need to get rid of some of those useless players

  • Patric - 2012-06-08 12:23

    safa is led by people who are novice in terms of soccer administration.why did they wait for situation to come to this appalling level?.Now they pretend as if they dont know who is going to be the next coach and they are conducting advertisements and interviews whereas they already have their candidate.They should have just appointed Gordon or who ever they want to appoint instead of wasting resources.

  • Tito - 2012-06-08 13:05

    I would go for Gavin, he is more of what SA soccer needs. He'll take no nonsense from players as well as from Safa. The latter know it, so I don't think his prospects are good.

  • Mc Ndlovu - 2012-06-08 13:21

    Shakes had his chance and failed kompela coached under 23 and failed and Neil has nothing to show as a coach which leaves Hunt and Gordon for the race n gordon has more league titles than hunt whch makes him the man 4 the job

  • kenny.makenzi - 2012-06-08 13:57

    should they hire any other coach besides Gordon Igesund, consider me a Spain supporter

  • dieudonne.ngoma - 2012-06-08 14:29

    I have a feeling that Gordon Igesund will not get it as long as Jomo Sono is in the panel. He doesn't like Gordon, remember in 2002 world cup in Japan and South Korea? Jomo refused to be assisted by Gordon citing lack of skills from the coach who had won the league with Santos at that time. There is a problem of EGOS and JEAlOUSY here. I am concerned

  • Kwajo.m - 2012-06-08 15:33

    Gordon Igesund - Head Coach, Gavin Hunt - Assistance Coach, The rest technical Directors of the team Shakes Mashaba and Neil Tovey. This will be the cream to bring joy and restore pride in Bafana Bafana. We need all these man as I specified. Finally, SAFA can smell the rich wealth of the country air.

  • keithronald.wildschut - 2012-06-08 20:48

    Gordon Ingesund or Gavin Hunt is the best suited to be the coach- just look at their records with their clubs.Komphela and Tovey can be on the technical team, but leave Shakes to be responsible for developing younsters and the next generation.Lets just make one call to any coach South Africa is vast make use of regional structures to inform you about gems that just waits to be unearthed.Take a page from SA rugby and start with a definite program to harnass young talent.School of excellence was a great idea but it was abuse to give jobs to buddies.

  • Moses - 2012-06-08 21:19

    What vision will Mashaba, Tovey and Kompela to take bafana into an even lower ranking....the only two that should have been called is Hunt and Ingesund.....The difference though is that Hunt made it with the financial muscle of Supersport. Ingesund did it with all kinds of teams. No brainer....if I was Ingesund I would ask them to shove it....luckily I am not....I think he will go there and kick everyone else's ass at the interview !!!! Good luck Gordan !!!

  • Jerome - 2012-06-09 06:06

    Like their rugby counter parts appoint the coach and let's rebuild our beloved Bafa Bafana finish 'n klaar. Steve Khompela will take us nowhere so please do not entertain those thoughts.He was brought in under sinister motives.Bafana Bafana have more asst managers than all other African teams and still no results

  • lucky.shongwe2 - 2012-06-09 22:15

    All de local guyz wll fail,i tink former op mentor rudi krool cn do de job.krool is stil jobles and his around sa,safa jst tlk 2 de guy finish en klar.drogba4rmlehae

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