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Keshi or Queiroz for Bafana?

2014-07-01 12:10
Stephen Keshi (Gallo)
Cape Town - Both front-runners for the vacant Bafana Bafana job are now free agents after finishing their involvement in the 2014 SWC.

While the brass at SAFA ponder over their choice for the 24th head coach of Bafana Bafana, Sport24 analyses the prospects of the two leading candidates.

It appears to be a two horse race between Stephen Keshi and Carlos Queiroz.

Stephen Keshi's Nigerian side were eliminated on Monday after France defeated the Super Eagles 2-0 in a tightly contested Round of 16 match.

As it happened: France v Nigeria

Keshi appears to be the leading contender for the role as rumours continue to circulate that the Nigerian has been appointed on a two year contract.

SAFA denied this and continue to state that the search for a new coach is on-going.

Keshi has gained most of his coaching experience on the international scene in Africa after quite successful stints with Togo, Mali and Nigeria.

SAFA is craving success and Keshi's CV seems to appeal the most to the powers that be.

Keshi guided the Super Eagles to the 2013 African Nations Cup crown on South African soil and it seems that SAFA are convinced he is the right man for the job.

Carlos Queiroz appears to be SAFA's second choice.

He left his post after Iran failed to progress past the group stages despite some impressive defensive performances from the minnows.

Queiroz is a vastly experienced manager having spent time in-charge of various high profile teams including Real Madrid and Portugal. 

Queiroz also took charge of Portugal at the 2010 Soccer World Cup where Portugal were eliminated by eventual winners Spain.

The Portuguese coach gained most of his knowledge under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson where he spent a number of seasons with considerable success.

It remains unclear whether SAFA will be able to "forgive and forget" the incident that occurred shortly before the 2002 Soccer World Cup causing Queiroz to leave his post.

In a poll conducted on the Sport24 website, the fans appear to favour neither of these two candidates with 37% of the votes going to "any local coach PSL coach". Stephen Keshi was backed by 23% of the readers while Carlos Queiroz only found the support of 17% of the readers.

The rest of the votes were in favour of Shakes Mashaba.   


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