JOHANNESBURG - Be brave!
That’s Owen da Gama’s advice to Molefi Ntseki, who has been appointed Bafana Bafana coach on a permanent basis.
The two worked together in guiding the Under-23 national team to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. The qualifiers of that tournament, the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), was the third Afcon Ntseki was involved in with the national team, having done so with the Under-17s and Under-20s.
He completed the quartet of Afcons by going to Egypt with Bafana as Stuart Baxter’s assistant. Ntseki was the logical choice having worked with the national teams since 2009 and offering an element of continuity having deputised for Baxter, Shakes Mashaba and Da Gama.
“He must use the PSL and NFD coaches as part of his technical team because we will support him 100 percent,” Da Gama said. “As long as he keeps that open line, he must understand that we are there to support him. Nomakanjani!