Sat, 08 May 2021

South African soccer legend Jomo Sono has urged the South African Football Association (SAFA) to employ a local Bafana Bafana head coach.

SAFA recently terminated the five-year contract of Molefi Ntseki and are already on the lookout for the next Bafana Bafana coach - the 10th mentor in 15 years for the senior men's national side.

The Bafana Bafana job has always been poisoned chalice, but already a host of names, locally and abroad, are linked with the vacant post.

Pitso Mosimane seems to be the favourite candidate for the position but previously served as national coach for two years (2010-12) and currently resides in Egypt as head coach of African powerhouse Al Ahly.

AmaZulu head coach and Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy is next on the list, and he has publicly stated that he is interested along with former Cape Town City and Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler.

Meanwhile, SAFA are reportedly looking at international candidates such as Herve Renard (France) and Carlos Queiroz (Portugal).

Speaking to KickOff website, Sono wants SAFA to hire a local coach and urges the association to do it as soon as possible with the forthcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers starting in June.

"It's up to the technical committee. For me, I am an outsider; it will be difficult," Sono said.

"In my opinion, it should be a local person [because] you are playing next month. Why bring a coach from outside, and he is still to learn about South African football?

"Secondly, by the time he starts to understand local football, you fire him and pay him R5 million. That R5 million should be used for development in the country.

"That's where we are lacking; we don't have enough development. I believe it should be someone who understands local football.

"I don't care if he comes from overseas, from under the water or from the sky, but it should be a person who knows players in the country," Sono said.

Sono was Bafana Bafana head coach in 2002 and called on by SAFA to serve as a caretaker coach in 1998 and 2003.

Source: News24

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