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Bafana Bafana job update: Queiroz plan fails, Pitso staying in Egypt - report

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Pitso Mosimane (Getty Images)
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The South African Football Association (SAFA) is reportedly scrambling to find a suitable head coach for Bafana Bafana after top candidates Carlos Queiroz and Pitso Mosimane declined offers to fill the vacancy.

Queiroz was touted to succeed Molefi Ntseki after SAFA pulled the trigger on the 51-year-old's five-year contract after failing to guide Bafana Bafana to next year's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.

Speaking exclusively to Sport24 last week, SAFA president Danny Jordaan said that Queiroz had "all the credentials to be a Bafana success" before the schedule announcement on Saturday.

SAFA, however, then postponed the announcement and new coach unveiling "due to global Covid-19 travel issues" and said it would "reschedule the announcement" to this week.

There are now widespread reports that Queiroz has declined SAFA's job offer, with the football association turning its focus to Mosimane.

However, the former Mamelodi Sundowns mentor is said to have no interest in quitting Al Ahly in Egypt as he wants to see out his two-year contract, which started at the end of September last year.

According to Egyptian website Yallakora, Mosimane has told Al Ahly president Mahmoud El-Khatib that he is committed to the Red Devils and does not seek a second coaching stint with Bafana Bafana.

"Mosimane spoke of the administration’s strong belief to him, and there is a state of mutual appreciation between both parties. He appreciates that he has a project which he still needs to complete," the website revealed.

Mosimane and Queiroz were two of five names that SAFA reportedly considered for the Bafana Bafana gig.

The other names included Here Renard, Hugo Broos and fan favourite Benni McCarthy.

Renard recently stated that he did not apply for the vacant job as he was happy as head coach of the Saudi Arabia national team.

McCarthy, currently the head coach of AmaZulu, recently spoke of his desire to mentor Bafana Bafana to a World Cup one day.

However, AmaZulu boss Sandile Zungu publicly stated that they had "no interest in letting Benni leave" if SAFA did coming knocking.

Usuthu are second on the league standings with just a point separating them and log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns as the title race intensifies.

That leaves SAFA with just Broos on the list, who is a novice to South African football.

The Belgian, however, has won league and cup titles with Club Brugge and is notably known for steering Cameroon to the 2017 AFCON title.

It will serve SAFA best to announce Bafana Bafana's next coach sooner rather than later, with the 2022 World Cup qualifiers kicking off in early June.

South Africa are in Group G with neighbours Zimbabwe, Ghana and Ethiopia.

Bafana will first face a trip to Zimbabwe in their opening group fixture on 5-8 June, before hosting group favourites Ghana, a week later, between 11-14 June.

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