SAFA on Bafana coach expectations


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While the likes of Frenchman Herve Renard and Shakes Mashaba are being touted as Gordon Igesund’s potential successor, the country’s football mother body has remained tight-lipped about the person who will take over the reins.

“The identity remains confidential and will only be made public once all details have been concluded,” SAFA spokesman Dominic Chimhavi tells

“The process of identifying the new Bafana Bafana coach has already began and we will be in a position to announce the candidate soon.”

However, what is certain is that the incoming coach will have to adhere to a strict, performance-related contract aimed at returning the national team to the continental football powerhouse it once was.

“Bafana Bafana are the country’s prime football brand; therefore we are looking at an individual who will take our senior national men’s team back to the golden days,” Chimhavi explains.

A major assignment for the incoming Bafana coach will be to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Morocco next January.

It will be a mountain to climb for Bafana, who will face Nigeria, Sudan and either Libya, Congo, Rwanda or Namibia, who must first come through the knockout rounds to secure their place in the group phase.

Chimhavi also reveals that SAFA’s vision is to develop a playing style that will be consistent from the junior ranks right through to the senior team. Part of these responsibilities, he says, will be handed to the technical director.

“We are close to naming the new technical director. As an individual who will shape the nation’s playing philosophy, we need a technical director of high stature who will work with all of our football structures,” Chimhavi says.