New Bafana coach's fat salary

2000-08-26 21:32

Johannesburg - Newly-appointed Bafana Bafana coach, Carlos Queiroz, is not coming cheap. The Mozambique-born Portuguese national will earn a cool R1.68 million a year.

That mouth-watering figure - at least by SA soccer standards - was leaked this week to City Press.

At a monthly salary of R140 000, Queiroz is way ahead of the next highest-earning coach, Trott Moloto, the current Bafana trainer who takes home R50 000 a month.

Long-serving former Bafana mentor Clive Barker was also earning R50 000 monthly when he was dumped after a dismal showing in the Afro-Asian Cup in Saudi Arabia almost four years ago.

Queiroz was lured into the Bafana camp by Danny Jordaan, the internationally respected chief executive of SA 2006 Bidco, the group that spearheaded SA's bid to host the World Cup in 2006.

Jordaan sprung into action when the SA Football Association's (Safa's) hunt for a national coach attracted widespread media criticism when City Press disclosed that former Italian international Guiseppe Dossena, a coach with a blemished record, was the leading contender.

Safa later dropped Dossena like a hot potato.

Jordaan was roped in at the last minute when the Dossena courtship became a nightmare for Safa because of his poor record with Ghana in the African Cup of Nations (ACN) finals in Nigeria and Ghana early this year.

Dossena's Ghanaians were bundled out of the tournament by a 10-man Bafana in the quarter-final. The local media pounced on that showing to question whether he would be an able coach.

This led to Safa's about-turn and its unexpected announcement of Queiroz's appointment.

As opposition to Dossena's pending appointment mounted, Safa hastily cancelled a media conference on 10 August.

Queiroz's salary package will be reviewed after three months, depending on his performance.

Safa's coffers will not be stretched by the manager's massive pay packet - the national association enjoys a multi-million rand sponsorship from Vodacom and Castle Lager.

The feeling at Safa was that Queiroz's impeccable credentials and his strong support for youth development programmes made him an ideal candidate.

The Portuguese coach's contract is due to be reviewed in August 2002, two months after the Korea-Japan World Cup.

The 47-year-old former mentor of Portugal also had a stint with the United Arab Emirates, for one year from 1998 to 1999.

He is expected to take over at Bafana on 15 September.

He is currently in Mozambique preparing to relocate his family to Johannesburg. Queiroz will accompany Bafana on what will almost certainly be a nerve-jangling ACN qualifying game against the Congo in Pointe Noire next month.

He is currently conducting a Fifa coaching course in Maputo.

Queiroz won the World Youth Championships twice, in 1989 and 1991, with Portugal's Under-20 squad. - City Press