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SAFA names Bafana job shortlist

[Posted 08 Jun 2012]
[By Beezsports Reporter]
SAFA names Bafana job shortlist
The South African Football Association has decided against offering the Bafana Bafana coaching job to hot favourite Gordon Igesund of ABSA premiership side Moroka Swallows directly, but have decided to widen the pool by shortlisting five candidates for interviews.

While the names of Igesund, Gavin Hunt and interim coach Steve Komphela are not a surprise on the list, the inclusion of Under 23 coach Shakes Mashaba and even shocking was the name of Bafana's former captain, a 1996 Africa Cup of Nations winning captain Neil Tovey.

The five short-listed candidates are vying for the chance to replace Pitso Mosimane who was relieved of his post as Bafana coach after going for about seven matches without victory.

All candidates were informed on Thursday about the interviews expected to take place between 13-18 June , with the finalisation of the process expected to be done by 30 June.

Each candidate will be given a two-hours session to try and convince an enlarged panel that they are the best suitable candidate to guide the national team through the World Cup qualifiers as well the 2013 AFCON finals on home soil.

The interviewing panel will in all likelihood include former Bafana decorated players like Ephraim Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung, members of the technical committee Clive Barker and Ted Dumitru, the Safa Technical Director, Safa CEO, and the chairperson of the International
Board/Commercial Committee.

After the process on the 18th June, the panel will prepare a report which will be submitted to the National Executive Committee on 30 June for ratification of the decision. An announcement could be made any time thereafter.

It is most likely that candidates like Neil Tovey are seen as potential assistants to Gordon Igesund. While Khomphela stands a good chance against overwhelming favourite, he has to prove his ability to make a quick turn around of the team's fortunes when Bafana faces Botswana on Saturday.

Should Steve fail to land the top job, it looks highly likely that he will be retained in the system as an assistant coach.


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