Komphela 'suited' as assistant

2012-06-15 12:55

Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Quinton Fortune felt that the national team's coaching job was too big for Steve Komphela to handle, it was reported on Friday.

Fortune felt that the current national caretaker coach would be better suited learning the trade as an assistant, he told the Business Day.

"If I had to recommend a coach for Bafana it would be (SuperSport United coach) Gavin Hunt and he would work with Steve Komphela," the former Manchester United player was quoted as saying.

"He (Steve) needs help because it is such a big job."

Fortune earned 46 caps for South Africa and was part of the Bafana squad for the 1998 and 2008 FIFA Soccer World Cup tournaments.

The SA Football Association (SAFA) on Thursday interviewed four of the five shortlisted candidates for the Bafana post vacated following the sacking of Pitso Mosimane last week.

In the list were Hunt, Gordon Igesund, Shakes Mashaba and Neil Tovey.

Komphela, who is at helm at Free State Stars in the Premier Soccer League, will present to the SAFA technical committee on Monday after completing his interim duties with Bafana, who play Gabon in an international friendly in Nelspruit on Friday.


  • Henry - 2012-06-15 13:13

    "Fortune earned 46 caps for South Africa and was part of the Bafana squad for the 1998 and 2008 FIFA Soccer World Cup tournaments.." There was a World Cup in 2008???

      Mlamli - 2012-06-15 13:18

      1998 and 2002

      Millos Mpofu - 2012-06-15 13:27

      thank you Mlamli sewuyi lamlile

      vincent.mpongoshe - 2012-06-15 13:36

      Hi Henry you are sport on there was no world cup in 2008. Poor journalism

      themba.maseko.568 - 2012-06-15 14:18

      Tournaments may mean anything including World Cup Finals, Confederations Cups and even Qualifications Games. Nonetheless I'm not sure if Fortune was still playing for Bafana Bafana in 2008

      Katleho - 2012-06-15 15:19

      Key word is "TOURNAMENTS"

      Bokang - 2012-06-15 15:33

      A black man is secondary to white according to him.

  • sbusisonuh.mthabela - 2012-06-15 13:31

    He must just shut his Big mouth and go back to d country on which he played 2008 Soccer Word Cup at!

      godfrey.ngonyama - 2012-06-15 15:02

      Someone is being pap here,was there a soccer world cup on 2008?if so then he must go back to the country he played soccer world he played soccer world cup on 2008 at,,,steve is the best.

  • tito.mario.927 - 2012-06-15 13:51

    The idea is to interview all candidates on the same day, so that no one candidate can get an unfair insight to what others have presented. Ethics 101.

  • rivalani.mabasa - 2012-06-15 14:18

    Another day another blunder @ news24! On which earth planet was the 2008 fifa world cup played?

  • john.ncala - 2012-06-15 14:30

    who are to comment on who to be the coach of Bafana remember when you let the counrty down by not wanting to play for Bafana now you come with you big mouth we don't need you here Quinton go back to daddy Alex

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