Palacios asks SAFA pertinent questions

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Former Bafana Bafana coach Augusto Palacios has questioned whether the incoming head coach will have enough time as South Africa looks to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The association is expected to name Molefi Ntseki's replacement on Saturday and, after the recent failure of not qualifying for next year’s AFCON, missing out on Qatar would also result in the failure of SAFA’s ‘Vision 2022’.

Despite several local coaches having been linked to the vacant post since last month, it looks increasingly likely that the association are set to turn to a foreigner.

“It's very difficult to say [who will be the next Bafana coach]. The coach who comes in will not follow the vision,” Palacious tells KickOff.com.

“Remember the vision was to put players from the Under 23 to the national team Bafana… And this is the main problem in South Africa for years – there is no consistency from there.

“You take into consideration the three coaches who are doing very well at the moment – Manqoba Mnqithi, Benni McCarthy and Mandla Ncikazi, now when you talk about foreign coaches, consider that we are going to play in June, which is a month and a half away.

“Does he have time to get to know the players? Does he have time to practice, because the [PSL] league is very congested? Remember, there are also no FIFA breaks at the moment.

“Manqoba has international experience at club level; Benni played for the national team and for international clubs.  Maybe Benni can work with Manqoba, you'll never know. Do we go for an overseas coach? Does SAFA have money to pay for a coach from overseas?"

SAFA is expected to announce the new Bafana Bafana coach – the man who will be tasked with taking South to Qatar next year – on Saturday afternoon.

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