SAFA NEC will decide SA coach

2012-06-26 14:04

Cape Town - The South African Football Association (SAFA) has set the record straight on insinuations doing rounds regarding the appointment of the new head coach of the Senior Men’s National Team, Bafana Bafana.

In statement released on Tuesday SAFA says, "for the record, it is standard procedure within SAFA that the Association gets recommendations from the respective committees on any decision, big or small."

SAFA says the recommendation of the appointment of the coach falls within the domain of the Technical and Development Committee in line with Article 45.11 of the SAFA Constitution.

"However, the responsibility of committees is purely to recommend, and any decision taken will have to be approved or rejected by the Association’s highest decision making body, the National Executive Committee (NEC)."

"So it is irresponsible, disingenuous and disappointing for any member of the Technical and Development Committee to go out and express his/her views on the matter before this Saturday’s (30 June 2012) NEC meeting. This is literally jumping the gun,” said SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani.

The SAFA president added that for a big decision such as that of the appointment of the Senior Men’s National Team head coach, all issues had to be discussed, dissected and scrutinised by the NEC before an appointment is made.

“So it is very wrong to conclude that because the Technical and Development Committee has said one, two or three, we should rubber-stamp that decision. That is not how such a people-oriented organisation like SAFA works. This is a national issue which has to be handled very carefully.

“We want, if we take a decision, to have been above board and that verdict must be accepted by the entire NEC members,” added Nematandani.

SAFA will hold an NEC meeting on Saturday (30 June) where the new Bafana Bafana coach is expected to be announced.


  • Doug - 2012-06-26 14:35

    Ja Boet, we believe every word you say......SAFA is the most corrupt and incompetent organisation in the history of South African sport.

      Tito - 2012-06-26 14:46

      Yeah and no word from the sports minister. I wonder why? He normally lokes to meddle.

      kgaogelo.w.mohlala - 2012-06-27 13:10

      Well simply because this issue does not need the minister of sport. This is not a crisis. Everything is still under control.

  • brian.heunis - 2012-06-26 14:55

    igesund won't be coach, bets?

  • brent.goldwyer - 2012-06-26 14:57

    Pick me.....I also want a payout.

  • merushan - 2012-06-26 15:00

    In other words, they trying to say kompela will get it because he is previously disadvantaged

      sello.alfred.7 - 2012-06-26 15:47

      MERUSHAN if that will happen it will be unfair for the country and this will simply state that blacks first.

      kgaogelo.w.mohlala - 2012-06-27 13:14

      Khomphela has more international expirience than Gordon,he played for Bafana before and he captained Bafana and believe me or not,that makes him more of better candidate than Gordon. I prefer Gordon but unfortunately i don't think he has better chances than Khomphela. Infact if i was the employer i would definitely go for experience.

  • sello.alfred.7 - 2012-06-26 15:32

    I think the country deserve someone like gordon (Mr do it right). With the history he made of pulling the fallen birds to fly up in the sky. I still say GORDON FOR THE JOB

  • marlin.samuels.1 - 2012-06-26 15:33

    why have a body that does recommendations but thn the final say is with SAFA, WHICH MEANS THEY CAN OVER RULE , K*K STORIE

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  • david.diego.14 - 2012-06-26 17:00

    SAFA Gordon is the man, like it or not!!!

  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-06-26 17:09

    Look in de mirror Matandani! Why dsnt he resign? Who's he trying 2 fool? Leaks in de media r ultimately proven 2 b correct. Rest is history like u must b. Failure

  • Mack - 2012-06-26 18:37

    Gordon Pls,NEC or No NEC we want dt guy

  • wayne.nkuna - 2012-06-27 07:37

    they have done it again. they have overlooked igesand again......i hate SAFA those wankers should all be removed. i bet they wont give him the job.

  • wayne.nkuna - 2012-06-27 12:11

    i could just spitt on SAFA

  • matvee111 - 2012-06-27 13:50

    It's simple,Kompela was made assistant 2 Pitso,Pitso got sacked,Kompela became caretaker...its' all well planned. Whoever would be assistant 2 Pitso wud eventually take his job....n interviews wud be conducted 4 admin purposes & to 'seem fair'

  • matvee111 - 2012-06-27 13:53

    if SAFA wanted Igesund...they wud hav made him assistant 2 Pitso then fired Pitso & conducted interviews knowin de man dey gonna select @ de end is Igesund..All strategic

  • thamifraser - 2012-06-27 19:04

    This whole interview process was flawed right from the start. Why interview 3 candidates on one day, and interview Steve Komphela only 5 days later, with the flimsy excuse that Steve first had to focus on the Bafana friendly. All the interviews should have been moved on for the day when Steve Komphela was available. The handling of the interview process places huge doubt in my mind about the fairness of the process. Remember that all candidates handle the same questions during the interview process. It is very likely that the questions could have been leaked to the candidate who was interviewed 5 days later than the other 3. The fact that the choice of the technical committee is leaked to the media ahead of verification of the process and an official announcement by SAFA on Saturday 30 June is enough proof that is rotten in the echelons of SAFA. I remain optimistic though that sanity and good sense will prevail and that the best man for the job be chosen solely based on his very superior track record in SA Football. Gordon deserves to be treated fairly this time round. South African football needs his expertise dearly.

  • Nkuza1 - 2012-06-28 16:40

    We want Gordon Finish and Klaar man who will get his hands dirty no some dictionary of football......

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