JOHANNESBURG – Molefi Ntseki’s elevation to the caretaker coach position of South Africa’s senior national football side - Bafana Bafana - is the most logical decision the South African Football Association (Safa) could have taken.
Following Stuart Baxter’s resignation on Friday, the Safa technical committee met on Saturday and agreed that putting Ntseki in temporary charge of the squad while they appoint a task team to help them search for a new coach was the route to go.
Ntseki was Baxter’s assistant since the Briton took over the squad for a second term two years ago. Baxter first coached Bafana in 2004.
It therefore made sense that the man who has been with the squad for a while and thus not only understands the direction Baxter was trying to take but also has rapport with the players should hold fort while the search went on.
It is highly unlikely Ntseki will be given the job on a full-time basis, although his experience in Safa ranks suggests it will count in his favour.