SAFA 'finalise' new Bafana coach

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The South African Football Association (SAFA) have confirmed they have secured a new head coach that will be unveiled next week.

Carlos Queiroz look set to be announced as the successor to Molefi Ntseki last week but is said to have snubbed the return to the hotseat at the last minute.

SAFA duly announced the postponement of the scheduled unveiling of the new head coach citing 'covid-19 travel restrictions' but it's since emerged in local media the former Iran boss had opted not to return.

Benni McCarthy, the nations' record goal-scorer has since emerged as the leading candidate following his success with AmaZulu as they compete for the DStv Premiership title with Mamelodi Sundowns - but he looked to pour cold water over the speculation claiming he's 'happy' at Usuthu.

SAFA CEO, Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe has since updated the public in an official statement: "We have concluded and finalized all the outstanding matters and we will announce the new coach next week.

"The two parties (SAFA and new coach) have resolved all matters and what remains now is to officially announce him next week."

Bafana's new coach will head straight into the 2022 FIFA World Cyp qualifiers in Group G with Ghana, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe with their opening games taking place in June against the Warriors.

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