Bafana coach debate: Local or foreign?

SA National Teams

As SAFA decides on who should take over as senior national team coach after the resignation of Stuart Baxter, should it be another foreign coach, or should we return to local? 

There has been a debate on whether to appoint another foreign coach or go back to local, with Pitso Mosimane, Gavin Hunt, Benni McCarthy and Steve Komphela favoured as the top local coaches.

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AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson gives his opinion.

"That has been an argument for the South African football fraternity for too long, and they've changed local which was Clive Barker to international and moved back to that rotation. We also had a World Cup winner in Carlos Alberto Perreira and it has gone on and off," Johnson said.

"My problem is we need to sit down and have strategic objectives, led by football people, and then you can decide who is the best local coach able to lead the team, for a certain amount of time.

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Johnson looks at World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations history and says local coaches have won more trophies for their own countries than international ones, and whatever SAFA decides must be good for the future of South African football.

"Yes in my opinion when I look at all the history of big tournaments, countries who won the World Cup have always been coaches from that particular country," he explained.

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"The only one that been a little different is in the AFCON, you find sometimes there's been a foreign coach but most of the time they are local coaches. You look at Egypt, the most success they had was with a local.

"So sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't work, but you need to have the conversation about the future with football people, then decide 'yes I think we need to go for a foreigner or local because we need to get X and Y'."  

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