Tinkler: Bafana coach can't be a dummy

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Bafana Bafana legend Eric Tinkler says he would welcome the opportunity to become the head coach of the South African senior national team.

Tinkler, who controlled the Bafana midfield at the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations triumph, is more than a suitable candidate to replace Molefi Ntseki.

The former national under-17 coach was sacked by SAFA on Wednesday after failing to qualify the nation for next year's finals in Cameroon.

Tinkler, who is a UEFA Pro Licence holder, meets all the requirements for the position and has even played in top European leagues like Italy and England.

Besides helping win AFCON 25 years ago, as a coach he also reached the CAF Confederation Cup final twice – with Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United – meaning he understands what it takes to succeed in African football.

In domestic football Tinkler has won two trophies – the Telkom Knockout with Cape Town City FC (2016/17) and the MTN8 with SuperSport (2017/18).

The plus for Tinkler over other candidates is his availability as he is currently not attached to any team, meaning SAFA will not have to buy him out of any contract, which would be the case for AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy, as an example.

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"I think every coach has a dream of coaching his national team so I don't think I'm any different to any other coach," Tinkler tells KickOff.com.

"I think we do have players, it's just about making the right selections and also giving direction. I think that's very, very important. Setting out a plan and sticking to that plan and not changing. We do have players."

Tinkler says immediate form should always be a first priority when selecting players for a national team.

"You need immediate form because of the modern game's demands, people want results and the national team needs to qualify for AFCONs and World Cups. So you need to choose according to form," he expalins.

"Our objectives should be to qualify for the AFCON and we didn't do that. That's simply not good enough.

"Also the coach has to have some knowledge and experience of having been in Africa and played in Africa. I think that's key. I don't agree with a plan to go and fetch a European coach who hasn't worked in Africa... that's pointless.

"You need someone who understands what it's like to travel to places like Sudan, and having to go there to get a result. At the same time the person can't be a dummy, it needs to be someone who knows the game and also has the qualifications you know."

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