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Safa begin the tricky task of looking for a new Bafana coach today as four of the five shortlisted candidates are set to meet with the country’s football body.
The list of possible replacements for Pitso Mosimane was narrowed down to five names at the beginning of the month, with today the first real step in finding someone to get the national team back to winning ways.
Steve Komphela, Gavin Hunt, Gordon Igesund, Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba and Neil Tovey have been targeted as the top contenders in a group that will ensure a coach with local knowledge is chosen for one of the toughest jobs in SA sport.
As Komphela is currently with the national team as temporary head coach, he will not be attending the meeting, and is reportedly only having his one-on-one with Safa next week.
The remaining four, however, will meet with the country’s football brains trust today and present their ideas on how to turn around the national team’s trend of poor performances.
Safa CEO Robin Petersen said they are looking for a coach who will bring about the immediate change that Bafana so badly need.
“We are starting a process that will bring results and change the dynamics of the team,” said Petersen, adding that the coach is ultimately responsible for the team’s performance.
One of the requirements the new coach will have to fulfil is ensuring that Bafana qualify for the next World Cup in 2014, a task that Peterson is confident will be done, but could not guarantee.