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‘New Bafana Coach to be announced in the next 24 to 48 hours’ - SAFA

By Marc Jacobson - May 4, 2017
‘New Bafana Coach to be announced in the next 24 to 48 hours’ - SAFA

The South African Football Association (SAFA) announced on Wednesday evening that the appointment for a new Bafana Bafana Coach is now imminent, after an almost six-month search for candidates.

This comes after the former Bafana Coach, Shakes Mashaba, was sacked after heated exchanges between him and SAFA President, Danny Jordaan and Chief Executive, Dennis Mumble, in December 2016.

According to reports, the embroilment occurred when Mashabe, in 'poor sportsmanship', refused to accept a touchline acknowledgement from an official during South Africa’s 2-1 triumph over Senegal the same month.

As a result, Mashaba and the SAFA bosses, got into a verbal exchange, sparked also by the criticism he received the previous month when South Africa did not qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations – and the firing of the 66-year-old coach then ensued.

After a thorough and lengthy developmental process to find Mashaba’s replacement, SAFA have now confirmed that the next coach will be announced within the ‘next 24 to 48 hours’ according to a SAFA statement; with four candidates currently by-standing the revealing.

The candidates are former Bafana coaches: Carlos Queiroz, Stuart Baxter, Hervé Renard and Hugo Broos.

The successful candidate, although not yet announced, are in the process of formalising signature exchanges for legal purposes.