Danny Jordaan: Bafana Bafana a 'huge' brand in world football, attractive to any coach

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Danny Jordaan (Gallo Images)
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SAFA president Danny Jordaan on Thursday insisted that the vacant Bafana Bafana job remained attractive to any incoming head coach.

In part one of an exclusive three-part interview with Sport24, Jordaan touches on a wide range of topics starting with the vacant Bafana Bafana head coaching position.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) announced on Wednesday that they will appoint a new head coach after the departure of Molefi Ntseki last month following the failure to qualify for AFCON 2021.

Speaking to Sport24, Jordaan insisted that the Bafana Bafana job remained one of the most attractive managerial positions in Africa.

South Africa possesses unrivalled facilities after hosting the 2010 World Cup, one of the best economies to go alongside an emerging pool of European-based players.

"If the Bafana Bafana job had this negative perception, then why are some of the best coaches in the world showing interest?" Jordaan said.

"Many of the best coaches out there have put up their hand and said, 'I want this job'.

"One of the things that we must realise is that Bafana Bafana remains a huge brand in the world of sport and football.

"For example, it doesn't matter as much that Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates have not won the league for the past five years.

"They remain big brands, and that is so for Bafana, and that's why the big coaches want to coach this team.

"Also, if you look at the current scenario, if you look at the current players we have in Europe such as Bongani Zungu, Percy Tau, Thulani Serero, Lebo Mothiba, Lebogang Phiri and even Luther Singh and Lyle Foster.

"The list just goes on, so you can see that any coach coming in has got those players at his disposal."

Jordaan went on to add that it is not only the current crop of senior players but also a thriving youth system at national level that makes the Bafana Bafana job an attractive proposition.

"We are also sending a team to the Tokyo Olympics," Jordaan added.

"That will also give the players huge opportunities, but more importantly, those players going to the Olympics have been to U-17 World Cups, U-20 World Cups and now the Olympics.

"This would have helped our players to further develop.

"So there is a very broad base for any coach coming in to work with, and it's not as if we don't have any players.

"We definitely have the players, so that's why I insist that it's nonsense of people saying 'we can't beat Sudan', give us all our players and then bring Sudan."

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