Daunting task for new Bafana coach
Posted: 23 July 2014 Time: 19:23
SAFA will announce the new Bafana Bafana coach on Saturday, and the new man faces a daunting task when he leads the team out for his first match against Sudan, in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The last time the national team qualified for a tournament was in 2008, when they made it to the Nations Cup in Ghana. Since then though, they have failed to reach the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, and AFCON 2012.
After the Sudan match the new coach will have to face Nigeria’s Super Eagles, while there is also the small matter of the Cosafa Castle Cup.
Of the 17 Bafana coaches since 1992, only five have lost their first match in charge: Jomo Sono, Kenneth ‘Conti’ Kubheka, April ‘Style’ Phumo, Joel Santana and Gordon Igesund.
Sono lost 3-2 against Namibia in the 1998 Cosafa Cup, shortly after taking over from Clive Barker. His next two matches in charge ended in draws – against Angola and Ivory Coast at the 1998 African Nations Cup finals – before he finally won … the 4-1 thumping of Namibia where a young Benni McCarthy scored all the goals.
Kubheka took charge of his one and only match during the 1-0 defeat against Zimbabwe in the 2003 Cosafa Cup.
In January 2004, Phumo became the first Bafana coach to lose his first two matches – 2-0 to Mauritius in Cosafa and 2-1 to Senegal at the 2004 African Nations Cup.
In 2008 Santana lost his first match 2-0 against Nigeria, while Igesund lost 1-0 against Brazil courtesy of Hulk’s late goal.
FIRST MATCHES IN CHARGE
Stanley ‘Screamer’ Tshabalala
Bafana Bafana 1 Cameroon 0 (Friendly, 7/7/1992)
Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba
Bafana Bafana 1 Congo 0 (World Cup qualifier, 24/10/1992)
*As a caretaker
Bafana Bafana 4 Swaziland 1 (Cosafa, 24/8/2002)
*As a fulltime coach
Botswana 0 Bafana Bafana 2 (Friendly, 10/1/1993)
Bafana Bafana 1 Zimbabwe 0 (Friendly, 24/4/1994)
Bafana Bafana 2 Namibia 3 (Cosafa, 24/1/1998)
Bafana Bafana 1 Zambia 1 (Friendly, 20/5/1998)
Bafana Bafana 1 Angola 0 (Afcon qualifier, 3/10/98)
Bafana Bafana 0 France 0 (Friendly, 7/10/2000)
Kenneth ‘Conti’ Kubheka
Bafana Bafana 0 Zimbabwe 1 (Cosafa, 19/7/2003)
April ‘Styles’ Phumo
Mauritius 2 Bafana Bafana 0 (Cosafa, 10/1/2004)
Bafana Bafana 2 Chad 1 (World Cup qualifier, 5/6/2004)
Egypt 1 Bafana Bafana 2 (Friendly, 14/01/2006)
Lesotho 0 Bafana Bafana 0 (Friendly, 20/5/2006)
*As a caretaker
Bafana Bafana 1 Ghana 0 (11/8/2010)
Nigeria 2 Bafana Bafana 0 (Afcon qualifiers, 01/6/2008)
Carlos Alberto Parreira
Chad 0 Bafana Bafana 3 (Afcon qualifiers, 24/3/2007)
Botswana 1 Bafana Bafana 1 (World Cup qualifiers, 9/6/2012)
Brazil 1 Bafana Bafana 0 (Friendly, 7/9/2012)