Bafana coaches suck Safa dry

2014-02-16 10:00

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Former Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane has joined a long list of former national coaches who have cashed in on ­Safa’s legal ineptitude, which has cost the football federation about R10 million.

Mosimane initially sought to claim nearly R10 million as he still had two years on his contract to run when he was fired, but Safa offered him R5 million following what he claimed was unfair dismissal.?His?contract was worth R9.6 million per year at the time he was sacked in June 2012.

The two parties refused to reveal the settlement amount saying it was confidential. “I have moved on and I am happy it is over,” said the Mamelodi Sundowns coach this week.

Since readmission to Fifa in 1992, the football ruling body has parted ways with 17 coaches – most of whom have received golden handshakes.

Clemence Westerhof never even sat on the bench but pocketed about R1.2 million after a court ordered that he be paid some compensation for breach of contract as he had been promised the job before Safa made a U-turn and did not hire him.

Carlos Parreira cut short his stay in South Africa when he was halfway into his tenure, citing his wife’s illness back in Brazil.?He came back a year later to guide Bafana at the 2010 Fifa World Cup at a hefty salary of R1.8?million per month.

Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba was the only mentor who left because of reasons beyond the scope of his job, but Safa parted with a cool R2.3 million in compensation after firing him before Bafana left for the 2004 African Nations Cup in Tunisia.

In 2002, Carlos Queiroz was paid R1 million as a severance package “in recognition of the work he had undertaken to develop South African football at all levels, including the youth”.

Queiroz resigned after a tiff with Jomo Sono who was at the time the team’s technical director in charge of coaching regarding selection of players.

Stuart Baxter left before he could guide the team to the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. He had also failed to qualify Bafana for the 2006 World Cup. Joel Santana just got away with a month’s salary of about R1.5 million after he was shown the door in 2009.

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