Bafana Bafana supporters and South Africans in general are very disappointed as their team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The team was beaten by Senegal at home in Polokwane at Peter Mokaba Stadium. The boys will be watching the world cup on television come next year June. The reasons why the team failed include the wrong appointment of a coach.
SAFA are still yet to release a statement regarding the search for a coach to replace Stuart Baxter after failing to qualify for the world cup. The football association of South Africa is currently taking things for granted and they were supposed to have announced a coach so that the plans for the 2018 World Cup qualifying were not jeopardized.
Carlos Quiroz has indicated that he is available to come back and lead the team to Russia. He has been there and failed, so it is up to SAFA to get the new coach who will be able to lead the team successfully.
Ruud Krol is also available and has also indicated that he is ready to come back to South Africa and coach again. If SAFA should employ Krol, it will be advantageous because he is one international coach who is very familiar with South African football in general. He has been here with Orlando Pirates and proved the worth of being a quality coach.
Currently SAFA are waiting for the return of Danny Jordaan from the AFCON 2017 in Gabon but that should not be an excuse to do things correctly. The nation needs a coach who is not new to the country and they are hoping SAFA will be able to do as they wish. According to a report from Soccer laduma, South African Football Association president, Danny Jordaan, has revealed that the hierarchy have not yet started with the process of finding a new Bafana Bafana coach.
Shakes Mashaba was dismissed from the helm of the national team in December last year. As stated by SAFA, the head coach was found guilty of gross misconduct by a disciplinary committee. In an exclusive interview with Soccer Laduma Jordaan confirmed that the federation is yet to start the process of finding a new Bafana coach, with the Siya crew previously revealing that Mashaba and his representatives claim that the 66-year-old’s dismissal was unfair and will be challenging it through the CCMA.
“No, no, no… we have not even started with the process (of looking for the new coach) yet. We are still dealing with the issue of the current coach (Shakes Mashaba),” Jordaan said at the time.
The SAFA President also confirmed that his meeting with Frank Rijkaard had nothing to do with the Bafana coaching job.
“When I was at the FIFA awards in Zurich, I met with Frank Rijkaard and Diego Maradona and I just had a chat with them,” he said.
“I have known Rijkaard for many, many years and he was here with the Barcelona team that played against Mamelodi Sundowns in a friendly. I met up with them, said hello and took pictures, and those pictures are adding up to the gossip columns.”
South Africa’s football is declining each and every year as they are ranked out of the top 50 countries in the world and there are no signs that things might change soon.