Njabulo Ngidi
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15 Jul 2014
1:00 pm

New Bafana coach’s open mandate

Njabulo Ngidi

The new Bafana Bafana coach's mandate will not include winning the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) next year, Safa chief executive Dennis Mumble revealed.

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The association has promised to announce Gordon Igesund’s successor “sometime this week” along with a Technical Director.

The new man will be tasked with qualifying Bafana Bafana to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia, something they haven’t managed since 2002 having been handed qualification in 2010.

The names of Carlos Queiroz, Stephen Keshi and Ruud Gullit have been mentioned among those likely to take over.

“It is amazing still how, after everything we have gone through that people are still seeing South Africa as an option to work in, purely because of the talent and potential here,” Mumble said.

The new man won’t however, be burdened with turning things around quickly after what has been a dismal past couple of years for the senior national team.

“We clearly have the talent in the country to do well on the international stage,” Mumble said.

“There are some unfortunate things, in the last couple of years, where we didn’t participate in key tournaments. The coach and the Technical Director must come and identify the players to take us further and give them as much as experience as possible to go and compete at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.

“I don’t think we are going to be foolish enough to go into 2015 and tell the coach that you must win Afcon. I don’t think it would be realistic for us to do that. Our target is that we must qualify and do well in the 2018 World Cup.”