Tim Spirit | Bafana's next available coach

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It’s been a month since Molefi Ntseki was dismissed after Bafana failed to qualify for next year’s Afcon in Cameroon
It’s been a month since Molefi Ntseki was dismissed after Bafana failed to qualify for next year’s Afcon in Cameroon

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From the “cheap” one to the available one. This is the story of Safa as the search for a Bafana Bafana coach continues unabated.

It’s been a month since Molefi Ntseki was dismissed after Bafana failed to qualify for next year’s Afcon in Cameroon.

Safa was supposed to unveil his successor last weekend, but that didn’t happen. With five weeks to go before the opening fixture of the Qatar World Cup qualifiers, who has been monitoring the players?

There are also no assistant coaches to profile the players, especially those plying their trade abroad. Safa doesn’t even have a technical director who can step in.

The Bafana squad is supposed to be announced in the middle of this month, but who will do that?

When Ntseki was appointed, he was referred to as the “cheap” option in local football circles. And he was thrown into the deep end. That decision backfired spectacularly, resulting in Bafana missing out on a trip to Cameroon.

READ: Leaderless Bafana race to qualifiers

Now with its first option for the job not available for whatever reason, it looks like Safa will opt for “the next available” coach.

Carlos Queiroz was supposed to have been unveiled last Saturday. According to a source in the Safa technical committee, Pitso Mosimane was second in line, but he isn’t available.

This means Safa has to go down the pecking order to see who is available. Hugo Broos has now been touted as the next best thing.

But where has the Belgian been? The last time I heard of him was when he led Cameroon to Afcon triumph in 2017. Since then, he hasn’t made any significant mark in African football.

A knee-jerk reaction and making emotional decisions has cost us before and it seems we haven’t learnt from our mistakes. I now doubt reports that there were more than 200 applications for the job.

Does it mean there wasn’t anyone on that long list who was suitable for the job? Or were the hopefuls all palookas and chance-takers?

Maybe Safa needs to take the public into its confidence and reveal some of the applicants. Time is not on our side, but we should not have more excuses if Bafana don’t do well in the qualifiers.

Safa should have thought through this one before firing Ntseki. After all, I thought the coaching job was linked to the World Cup cycle, in which case he should have been left to continue with his mandate.

Maybe Ntseki would have learnt from his mistakes and this would have given him a chance to redeem himself. But I guess it is too late now to reverse that decision as crying over spilled milk will not get us anywhere.

Who will lead Bafana during the World Cup qualifiers? Will it be someone Safa really wanted or someone who is readily available?

The question is, who will lead Bafana during the World Cup qualifiers? Will it be someone Safa really wanted or someone who is readily available?

What is happening with our national team is a recipe for disaster and we shouldn’t be surprised if South Africa continues to go down in the Fifa rankings.

It is really sad to see our national team declining like this – at a very alarming rate, nogal!

Maybe Safa should just consider an interim coach – that seems like a sensible, rational, reasonable and logical decision to bridge the gap.

What is happening is playing with the nation’s emotions as we don’t know whether we are coming or going.

I bet Safa doesn’t know either.

All I know is that when you rush, you crash. The fact that we are racing against time to appoint someone means we will just go for anyone for the sake of having a coach. And for me, that’s not ideal.

How about setting up a committee of selectors to see us through the qualifiers while searching for and tying up a new coach?

The only challenge would be if the team of selectors took us to Qatar. What then? Continue with the same model as it would have worked? It’s not a bad idea at all.

I mean, Bafana play only a few times a year and these selectors would come when they were needed.


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Timothy Molobi 

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