I will not be answerable to Pitso, says Gavin Hunt

Gavin Hunt has turned down the SA Football Association’s (Safa’s)

offer to become Bafana Bafana assistant coach to Pitso Mosimane.

City Press can today disclose that the SuperSport United coach was

approached to become Bafana’s second-in- charge, but he turned down the offer

for “obvious reasons”.

City Press had learned from a source close to the multi award- and

triple Absa Premiership-winning coach that he regarded the position as a

demotion and felt that he deserved to be the man in charge.

“What do you expect?” he asked when this question was posed to him,

without elaborating further.

“I was never approached for the head coach’s job, but to be an

assistant, and I turned it down.”

City Press can also reveal that Safa’s technical committee met

yesterday but will meet with Mosimane tomorrow to see if they can endorse him as

the 18th Bafana Bafana coach in 18 years.

The committee met yesterday to rubber-stamp the national

executive’s decision to give Mosimane the post, which will be vacated by Carlos

Parreira at the end of the month.

But a member of the committee was less impressed with how Safa

dealt with the matter, arguing that they were made redundant.

Many feel that the Safa leadership put the committee in a no-win

situation by announcing that they had agreed that Mosimane should be coach, but

leaving it to the committee for endorsement.

The general feeling is that the committee will be damned if they

endorse Mosimane’s appointment and damned if they do not.

Instead of letting the technical committee, whose role is to

identify and recommend a suitable candidate to lead the process and make a

recommendation to the executive committee, do its job, the leadership hijacked

the process and endorsed the former SuperSport United coach.

“How could they ask us to ratify their decision?” he asked. “They

just want to make us scapegoats when things don’t go right with Pitso, saying

they did not appoint him and it was the technical committee’s decision.”

But a member of the executive committee said they had to follow

this process and there was nothing wrong with it. He said it was going to be

foolish to appoint Mosimane without knowing his vision.

Among other commitments that Mosimane had to make was to not only

ensure qualification for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial

Guinea, but to succeed in the tournament and also qualify for the 2014 World Cup

in Brazil.

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