Bradley Carnell, a starting defender for Bafana Bafana's 2002 World Cup squad, was named interim coach of the New York Red Bulls on Saturday by the Major League Soccer club.
Carnell replaces former US midfielder Chris Armas, who was fired on Friday after the team suffered four losses and a draw in six matches, being outscored 7-3 in the span with no more than one goal in any match.
The 43-year-old from Johannesburg had been an assistant with the US side since March 2017 after previously serving as an assistant coach for the Orlando Pirates in South Africa's Premiership.
Carnell made 229 appearances for German clubs from 1998 and 2010, including Bundesliga stints with Stuttgart, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Karlsruher.
His first match in charge of New York will come Sunday when the Red Bulls play host to Philadelphia.
The Red Bulls cling to an Eastern Conference playoff spot at 3-4 with two drawn for 11 points.