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Assessing the new Bafana Bafana coach

Posted: 25 July 2014 Time: 13:14

The South African Football Association will announce the new Bafana Bafana coach on Saturday, but just who it will be is still up in the air.

Unlike years gone by where the name was already known before the announcement, Safa have kept their cards very close to their chest this time around.

So looks as the front-runners and their chances of getting the job.

THE FAVOURITE – Carlos Queiroz
The Portuguese coach has been seen as the front-runner since before the World Cup, when he allegedly met with Safa officials during Iran’s pre-tournament camp in South Africa. What we know is that Queiroz is very keen to return ‘home’ to Africa (he was born in Maputo and owns a ranch in Botswana) and to take up the Bafana challenge, having qualified the team for the 2002 World Cup. His contract with Iran has come to an end, though they have tabled a new offer. Safa are very keen to have Queiroz, but their offer is not anywhere near what he has received from Iran, who according to a close associate of Quieroz will pay him two-and-a-half times more than what Safa offer. Quieroz accepts that Safa cannot match that, but would like to see them come closer. It is believed that Safa have tabled an improved offer, but whether it is enough remains to be seen.

THE LOCAL – Shakes Mashaba
Many South African fans’ pick for the job, Mashaba is believed to have strong support within the Safa Executive. However, there is a feeling among Safa’s top leaders that he does not embrace technology; that he is stuck in the past and is not the right man to take Bafana into a new era. Still, he has enjoyed success with the national Under-20s and could be the man to introduce some much need youth into the side.

THE DARK HORSE – Stephen Keshi
The Nigeria coach looked favourite for the Bafana job at one stage, with Safa reportedly having offered him the job during the World Cup. However, it was rejected out of hand as it was apparently even less than what Gordon Igesund earned. There is still talk that Keshi remains in the running, though the Nigeria Football Federation yesterday directed it’s technical committee to offer him a new contract.

THE EUROPEAN – Frank Rijkaard
The man credited with the turnaround in Barcelona’s fortunes, Rijkaard has international coaching experience with the Netherlands (who he guided to the Euro 2000 semi-finals) and Saudi Arabia. Rijkaard has an impressive CV, but has very limited knowledge of African football. A former Dutch national team star, he would presumably want a pay package closer to what Iran are offering Queiroz.

2012 Africa Cup of Nations-winning coach Herve Renard was linked, but has also been short-listed as one of five candidates for the Ivory Coast job and, as a French-speaker, he would find that job a better fit. Former Orlando Pirates coach Ruud Krol is currently without a job, has international experience with Tunisia and Egypt, and still has family in Johannesburg, but Safa have not shown much interest publicly. Fabio Cannavaro, Roberto Carlos and Patrick Kluivert have applied, but have very little coaching experience.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-07-25 11:24:49

Will wait and C Who's the coach 2morrow..

posted: 2014-07-25 11:25:27

Ask Safa

posted: 2014-07-25 11:27:31

Il take mashaba or d bottom 2

posted: 2014-07-25 11:29:02

i hate this Querozcow

posted: 2014-07-25 11:33:07

Ask SAFA Not me

posted: 2014-07-25 11:34:44

Ds queroz guy hs demanded a 4 times salary d what Gordon igesund ws earning mxm I dnt knw why is he in ds list cz in d past weeks they said he committed to iran nd I c nothing special in him as far as what iran ws playing in brazil whch defensiv football

posted: 2014-07-25 11:38:14

no 1 (checkout the sexy girls at

Krol is a Pirates Legend
posted: 2014-07-25 11:38:18

Krol will be named as the new Bafana coach tomorrow 

posted: 2014-07-25 11:39:39

bucs4PG Did you know that Danny Jordaan is a big fan of Queroz? so my odds are saying he will get the job. 

Smallicious wa Sky®
posted: 2014-07-25 11:40:58

and now? isn't that suppose to be ur job to find out who will it be.... kahle kahle nina ur getting paid fr just feeding us crap nje....

posted: 2014-07-25 11:42:31

We need a coach with international experience at both club and national team level.our beloved local is so good but not enough for Bafana.if a local with so many trophies under his belt has failed,why go for a local who has never won a single trophy locally?if we say Mashaba beat Brazil(under 23),Gordon also beat Spain.For me Carlos or Frank will bring something new to our game.

Tolly (Bobby's dogs just bark to anything that mov
posted: 2014-07-25 11:42:43

So Kick Off is asking us what we ought to be asking them?

Whoever is going to take the country back to it's position of being respected across teh continent for me is getting my vote (if we vote).

posted: 2014-07-25 11:44:26

hai..this article has been recycled too many times man... i am sure they will squeeze it in one more time before the announcement tomorrow.

Smallicious wa Sky®
posted: 2014-07-25 11:45:33

and nou? isn't that suppose to be ur job to find out who will it be? kahla kahle nina ur getting paid just fr feeding us crap nje...

posted: 2014-07-25 11:48:28

Dawana its not so much of shakes beating brazil but his stats at bafana are 2 losses 5 draws and 12 or 13 these few matches he qualified bafana for afcon and won cosafa cup.he left unceremoniously when safa chose players to select for him

Tolly (Bobby's dogs just bark to anything that mov
posted: 2014-07-25 11:48:45

I will appreciate Kick Off can just find out for us at to what type of a coach is 'SUFFER' looking for. A strong believer in youth development who automatically serve as a visionary (things like vision 2025) or believer in instant results who believe in working with old horses. 

posted: 2014-07-25 11:49:05

I say Jordan gave many hints about Germans way of doing things, so if its not Rijkaard who is close to the german way of doing things then we in for a suprise they going to announce someone whom they are secretly in contact with...

Joordan showed the lead with Banyana and I say its going to be the same with Bafana. (GERMAN MONEY CRAFT) all the way!

Please ask SAFA and stop posing the question to us with that recycled article. Wena Ryan u even lazy to research and set up camp outside the SAFA house. Go do the job for yourself nxa!


posted: 2014-07-25 11:50:27

Frank Rijkaard should be the man who gets this job. SA players body structures are build the same way as the Spaniards body structures. Rijkaard took that into use when he coached Barcelona and he implemented the Tiki - Taka for them which worked perfectly and suited them well. Queiroz is expensive.

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-07-25 11:53:14

" bafana bafana coach" who will it be? I Don't give a crap! once and always bucs.

posted: 2014-07-25 11:53:22

KO now you are pushing it.isn't that what you should have told us 3 weeks ago as a scoop for us?ai what happened to thomas kwenaite's investative journalism?ai we need a new breed of journalists this isn't working out,if journos are clueless like the public.this is a lazy job now when you only told on press conferences what safa is doing

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