Post not yet in the bag for Pitso

2010-06-27 10:18

While reports this week almost crowned assistant coach Pitso

Mosimane as successor coach to Bafana Bafana, he is not yet a shoo-in, according

to our sources.

The South African Football Association (Safa) is expected to

announce the new Bafana Bafana coach on Thursday, but sharp divisions in the

governing body could derail the move.

Vice-president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana told City Press yesterday

that the announcement would be made on Thursday immediately after a special

national executive committee (NEC) meeting.

“We have tasked Leslie (Safa CEO Leslie Sedibe) to compile a report

of all the prospective candidates and present it at our management committee

meeting on Wednesday,” said Nonkonyana.

“We will make our recommendations and then present them at the

­national executive committee meeting on Thursday.”

The announcement is expected at a press conference


But senior and multiple sources say the Safa top dogs are divided

on who should coach the team.

While they have nothing against Mosimane, the opposing view is that

a task team must be appointed to compile a profile of a suitable candidate

before putting a name in the ring.

Mosimane was applauded by players after he was told by some members

of the team’s management that he had the job.

This was reportedly said in front of Bafana Bafana after last

week’s game against France.

When asked about this, Nonkonyana retorted: “If there are any

individuals who did that, they are out of order as the Safa leadership has not

taken a decision on this matter.”

The flank pushing for a longer search for a coach say the appointee

need not be local, but Safa president Kirsten Nematandani has committed his

leadership to ensuring that the next Bafana Bafana coach will be a ­local.

SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt, who has won three back-to-back

premierships, is touted as an outside-chance candidate, but officials say race

is still an issue.

According to these sources, there is a sector within Safa that

feels that even if the coach is local, it would be politically incorrect to

appoint a white coach.

Sedibe’s responses to City Press questions also indicated that it

might not be possible to announce the name of the coach on Thursday.

He said there were no applicants for the job as yet.

“I know that there are a lot of people who would like to coach

Bafana. All I can tell you is that after a meeting with the president

(Nematandani), we agreed that this was an urgent matter that required a special

NEC meeting.

I sent out letters to the members inviting them to a meeting on

Thursday and asked the coach (Carlos Parreira) to give me his report.”

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