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Bafana Bafana name new head coach

Molefi Ntseki (Gallo Images)
Molefi Ntseki (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana on Saturday confirmed the appointment of new head coach Molefi Ntseki.

Ntseki fills the vacancy left by Stuart Baxter, who quit his role as head coach following South Africa's quarter-final exit at the African Cup of Nations.

Ntseki was appointed interim coach three weeks ago but was confirmed as the new coach by the NEC meeting.

Bafana announced the news on their official Twitter account saying that Ntseki was "unanimously endorsed by the entire SAFA NEC"

Ntseki was assistant coach at Bloemfontein Celtic from 2010-2012 before joining SAFA as under-17 head coach.

He was also assistant to former Bafana coaches Shakes Mashaba, Owen da Gama and recently Baxter.

Ntseki said he was excited at the new challenge and would give it his best.

"I want to first of all thank the SAFA NEC and the Technical Committee for the confidence they have showed in me. I am humbled by this honour and I want to assure the nation that I will give this the best go," he said via the SAFA website.

"All these tenures have prepared me enough to stand on my own. We went as far as the quarter-finals in Egypt and I was very much part of the decision making processes and with any coach I have worked with..."

Ntseki's first assignment as head coach will be an international friendly against Zambia on Saturday, September 7 at the Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.

Bafana Bafana go into camp on Sunday in Johannesburg and leave for Zambia on Thursday for Saturday's friendly match.

Compiled by: Lynn Butler

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