Mkhonza gets the job as permanent coach of Banyana

2011-07-23 20:58

The South African Football Association (Safa) has rewarded Joseph Mkhonza with a permanent contract as Banyana Banyana coach.

The former Kaizer Chiefs winger served the team with aplomb for more than six months in a caretaker capacity.

“I’m excited, really happy,” he said on Friday.

“I’m proud that the association eventually felt I was the right man for the job.

“I enjoy coaching this team and I love being here.”

Safa technical committee chairman Fanyana Sibanyoni said Mkhonza’s deal had a lot to do with the bigger picture.

“He’s been doing well and I think he deserves a contract. We are happy with his record,” said Sibanyoni.

Mkhonza has helped the team through to the last phase of Olympic qualifiers while also reaching the final of the 2011 Cosafa Cup where they lost 1-0 to Zimbabwe.

Banyana have also qualified for the All Africa Games (AAG) scheduled for Mozambique in ­September.

They will face Ethiopia in a two-leg 2012 ­London Olympics qualifier in September.

Sibanyoni declined to get into the specifics of the deal, but said: “It’s a two year agreement. We are avoiding long term commitments because when the coach fails, we will be expected to pay him out.”

“All our contracts are performance-based. I will not talk about his mandate but we would like to see Banyana qualify for the Olympics and the next African Women’s Championships.”

He said Safa is looking for a suitable candidate to take over the Under-20 side, a position vacated by Khabo Zondo who was moved to the Transnet School of Excellence.

Sibanyoni said Maqsood “Macky” Chenia was still the Under-20 assistant coach.

“He does not have a permanent contract as he only attends training camps.”

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