The Portuguese-born coach has submitted his CV to Safa to replace the sacked Pitso Mosimane, even though they started interviewing the five short-listed candidates in Johannesburg today.
Despite Safa announcing their desire to get a local coach on board, it has not stopped a number of foreign coaches – including Avram Grant, Tom Saintfiet and Winfried Schäfer –from making their interest known.
Speaking to KickOff.com from Portugal, Barreto confirms he is keen on the Bafana job.
“I spoke to some people in South Africa and I believe they sent my application for the position of coaching Bafana Bafana,” he says.
“I have been to South Africa twice with Ghana and I love the country. I promise I will do my best to help Bafana do well and also qualify for the World Cup in Brazil.”
The 55-year-old Barreto coached Ghana between 2003 and 2004, and his currently in charge at Saudi Arabian club Al-Qadisiyah.