The Bafana Bafana job is once again open for the taking. The likes of Pitso Mosimane, Benni McCarthy, Steve Komphela and Gavin Hunt are mentioned as possible candidates. Futaa looks at each man's credentials.
Titles: Absa Premiership (X4), CAF Champions League, TKO, Nedbank & CAF Super Cup.
Teams coached: Supersport United, South Africa (Assistant coach), South Africa
and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Based on achievements and continental experience, Mosimane (55) is a clear front runner to become Bafana's next man. The Mamelodi Sundowns coach has won four league titles. Additionally, Pitso has proven his worth on the African continent after winning the CAF Champions League in 2016, including his naming as the CAF Coach of the Year in 2016. Affectionately known as “Jingles”, Mosimane has had a shot at Bafana - he coached the national side as an assistant to Carlos Alberto Parreira and Joel Santana between 2006/7 where he saw over 50 games. Mosimane was then the head coach after the 2010 World Cup up to 2012 - he played 17 games that included AFCON runs.
Titles: Absa Premiership (X4), TKO, MTN8 & Nedbank Cup.
Teams coached: Seven Stars, Hellenic, Black Leopards, Moroka Swallows, SuperSport United & Bidvest Wits.
The second hot favourite candidate behind Mosimane, Hunt, is the longest-serving coach in the South African game with over 20 years experience. Hunt is tied with Mosimane with the most league titles of four. The current Bidvest Wits coach has also lifted the Telkom Knockout, MTN8, and Nedbank Cup. However, the Cape Town-born coach is not entirely popular with everyone. His outspoken and blunt-talking nature, including low interest and no proven success in Africa, has cost him several allies at the SAFA offices - while many fans of the most popular clubs in SA believe that his football is not exactly pleasing to their eyes.
Teams coached: Cape Town City
The young 41-year-old Cape Town City head coach is pretty new to the world of management after starting out in 2017. Yet, the former striker has already won the MTN8 cup in only his second season as a coach last year. But McCarthy’s highest credentials lay in his playing career. In addition to being Bafana highest ever goalscorer with 31 goals in 81, the Cape Town-born man earned unrivaled European pedigree in club football. The only South African UEFA Champions League winner under Jose Mourinho with FC Porto in 2004, McCarthy has won 12 titles as a player with sides such as Ajax Amsterdam (Holland) and Orlando Pirates. If anything counts against McCarthy, it’s his mere three years experience in coaching.
Teams coached: Manning Rangers, Dynamos, South Africa U-20, Maritzburg United, South Africa U-23, Free State Stars, Platinum Stars, Free State Stars, South Africa (caretaker), Maritzburg United, Kaizer Chiefs, Bloemfontein Celtic, Golden Arrows.
Rather a surprise inclusion in the list of possible successors to Stuart Baxter, Komphela is another long-serving PSL coach and former Bafana international. Though Komphela has never lifted a trophy as a coach, 17 years of coaching in the PSL makes him no slouch. Komphela also holds Bafana managerial experienced after having seen two stints as an assistant coach and interim coach during Mosimane’s reign.
So who will be the next man if SAFA to not unexpectedly take the foreign route?
Should it be one of the most experienced and successful? Or perhaps a fresh young face with no baggage? Meanwhile, SAFA have promised to name the new man by the end of month.
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