'Senong can re-apply for Amajita job'

SA National Teams

Amajita coach Thabo Senong is expected to vacate his position following the completion of the recent FIFA U-20 World Cup and is eligible to re-apply, according to a SAFA official.

Senong has been in charge of the national men's under-20 team since July 2014, when he arrived as part of Shakes Mashaba's Bafana Bafana technical team.

The Soweto-born tactician has since become the first coach to guide Amajita to back-to-back World Cups, after finishing within the top four in the last two U-20 Africa Cup of Nations finals tournaments.

Despite his success, it appears the association will be releasing the budding 38-year-old, with SAFA technical director Neil Tovey confirming to KickOff.com that Senong's employment contract has lapsed.

"I can't confirm [if he's leaving], that can only come from the CEO. But I know his contract was up until the World Cup, but I can't comment [on his future] - that's not my department," he said.

Asked whether a review of his performance with the junior national team had been done, Tovey said a final report was still due to be submitted but in the mean time Senong could re-apply for the position of under-20 head coach.

"No, we're waiting. We still have to get a report and all that on the World Cup, but I think his tenure now - there's scope to see what he can do. But he can always apply again," added 'Mokoko'.

"He's gone from World Cup to World Cup, so he can take it from there. It's not totally discounting him in anyway. I just know that his contract is from World Cup to World Cup."

At this stage, it is uncertain whether this would affect Bafana Bafana legend and Senong's assistant Helman Mkhalele, with SAFA CEO Russel Paul unavailable for comment at the time of publishing.

When reached for his comment, Senong refused to confirm his departure and requested to be called in two weeks' time for official confirmation of his next steps.