McCarthy: Safa-Baxter delay a worry

Premiership revealed this morning that SuperSport United have given Safa and Stuart Baxter until the end of today to conclude their negotiations after Matsatsantsa initially gave the local football association permission to speak to their coach with a view to offering him the Bafana job.

READ: SuperSport set Safa, Baxter deadline

However, there is yet to be any announcement regarding a permanent replacement for the sacked Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba, whose shoes have temporarily been filled by Owen da Gama in the interim, despite only four weeks to go before the Afcon qualifier against Nigeria in Lagos.

“It [the announcement delay] is a major setback, because obviously now there is uncertainty [in the Bafana team],” said McCarthy.

“Is Owen Da Ga going to take the team on or is Safa going to put new coach in place by that time [Afcon qualifier] and for the players it is confusing because players maybe can expect the national team coach watching them now especially because it’s the most crucial part of the league where so many teams are still in running to win the domestic [title] and there’s no national team coach watching any of the games, so how the coach know which players to pick?”

McCarthy is part of the Safa technical committee which includes Natasha Tsichlas, Lucas Radebe, Farouk Khan, Buti Mathathe, Anna Nyman and Neil Tovey given mandate to help find the right candidate for Bafana Bafana head coach position.