'Ntseki cheap option due to skin colour?'

SA National Teams

The South African Football Association feel Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has earned the right to coach the senior national team and have reiterated that he is not a cheap option.

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Ntseki was appointed was head coach following the departure of former coach Stuart Baxter and South Africa’s football governing body is confident they have appointed a man who can take the team forward.

Ntseki has gained loads of experience in the game, having previously worked with all of South Africa’s junior national teams. He’s served as an assistant for the senior national team.

“Once again, I personally take great exception to such false reportage by the certain individuals and some members of the public. Ntseki like his previous predecessors, has a contract that befits all senior men’s national teams,” SAFA spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi tells KickOff.com.

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“Of course, we can’t divulge the contents of his contract as this is per employer-employee decrees. Why do people say Ntseki was a cheap option? Because of the colour of his skin? That statement is unfair to Ntseki and his proud standing. He was the most suitable candidate as shown by the unanimous endorsement he got from the entire SAFA NEC and financial issues were never a consideration when appointing the senior men’s national coach.

“SAFA has never taken shortcuts when it comes to the appointment of national coaches hence all our national teams are qualifying for major tournament whether continentally or globally.

"Back to Ntseki, he was deemed the most suitable candidate having worked with all national teams and being assistant to Shakes Mashaba and Stuart Baxter. He fulfilled the criteria set upon in finding the next Bafana Bafana coach and we can positively say he earned his current status and we ask the nation to give him an unqualified support.”