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New Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund said on Tuesday morning that there was no truth to reports that former national captain Lucas Radebe had been appointed as his new assistant coach.
“All the reports that are going around are just speculation. Today I am sitting down and I will be choosing my technical team… the details will be announced shortly,” he said.
It was reported on Tuesday that Radebe, Doctor Khumalo and Fani Madida were mentioned as new additions to the Bafana coaching set-up.
“We heard the rumours yesterday (Monday), I was with Lucas most of the day,” said Glynn Binkin, Radebe’s manager in South Africa. “But up till this morning no-one has spoken to him.
“If there is an offer, we will have to look at it, see if it suits Lucas… he is a single parent and has many obligations.
“An admin job would not suit Lucas, and he does not have any coaching qualifications, though he would be excellent to have around the players,” added Binkin.
Radebe led South Africa to the World Cup finals in 1998 and 2002 before retiring about sevens years ago.
He won 70 caps playing for Bafana and enjoyed a successful career at Leeds United where he played more than 200 games for the English club in the Premier League between 1994 and 2005. Radebe, 43, started his career at Kaizer Chiefs before moving overseas.
It is believed Jairo Leal, who was assistant coach to the sacked Pitso Mosimane is likely to have his contract terminated and that acting Bafana coach Steve Komphela is out of the picture.
Both Khumalo and Madida had extremely successful careers as players at Chiefs. Madida, who also played for a period in Turkey is currently on the coaching staff at AmaZulu while Khumalo is an assistant at Chiefs.