Former national U17 coach and current Bafana Bafana interim coach Molefi Ntseki feels set to become South Africa’s next coach.
Ntseki placed his name in the hat during today’s press conference where he named the squad to face Zambia in an international friendly on 7 September.
“Now that I am seated here [as interim coach]‚ my hand is also up‚” said the long-serving assistant to Stuart Baxter.
“The decision that was made by the association to have me as interim coach was based on the experience and understanding of the dynamics of national teams.”
The 49-year-old from the Free State town of Botshabelo went on to state that he has completed his long training under the leadership of previous coaches such as Shakes Mashaba and Owen da Gama on Bafana’s bench.
“I have been around for some time now but the process of appointing the new coach is done through the committee that is looking for someone who will be taking over as Bafana Bafana coach,” added Ntseki via Times LIVE.
“When I came as an U-17 head coach I was on trial. I think through working as assistant-coach to Shakes Mashaba‚ Owen Da Gama and Stuart Baxter‚ I have completed my internship.”
The former Bloemfontein Celtic head of youth also listed the many major tournaments he has spent on South Africa’s bench - and highlighted AFCON 2019 as the best learning experience of his internships.
“You learn and grow every day and the last Afcon [2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in June and July] was my best.”
“I have been to U-17‚ U-20 and U-23 Afcon tournaments and now I have been to the senior one. All the experience and knowledge I have acquired worked in my favour.”
“If you look at Bafana coaches‚ Stuart was the U-21 coach for England‚ Shakes was the U-20 and U-23 coach for SA‚ and they both progressed to senior level,” added Ntseki who is professionally trained as a school teacher.
Ntseki concluded by adding that he is nevertheless involved in assisting the appointment committee to find the right coach to take Bafana forward.
“As much as the technical committee took the whole day to give me this responsibility‚ I have to apply myself as to who is the right person to help and he or she must have the right qualifications.”
“We are still in the process of talking to people who will be coming in‚ and we are also looking to have some kind of a mentor because we need a voice of reason.”
“Somebody who will come in‚ and not be in a pressure zone [but rather in the background]‚ to say maybe this is the best way of looking at this matter.”
“To present a profile of every player that we want to bring in‚ we need somebody of experience who has been in the game for long,” he concluded.
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