By Sifiso Ramara
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 17 (NNN-SABC) -- Coaching Bafana Bafana seems to be one of the most wanted jobs on the African continent as the South African Football Association (Safa) has received 61 applications for the vacant post.
The list has since been shortened to about 21 applicants. One of the candidates is Cameroon coach Hugo Broos, who recently won the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2017) tournament in Gabon with a very inexperienced team.
The shortlist also includes former Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini, Italian legend Giovanni Trappatoni and former Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral.
Although the case involving Safa and former national coach Shakes Mashaba is yet to go to arbitration, the association is going ahead with appointing his successor.
A strong search committee is already in place to find a suitable candidate. Some of the members on the committee are former Bafana Bafana legends Lucas Radebe, Benni McCarthy, and Neil Tovey as well as the 1996 winning coach, Clive Barker.
Even though the hot seat has attracted colossal names from all over the world, former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe believes Bafana needs a coach who has a vision for the team going forward.
"We have received more than 61 applications or CVs from coaches all over the world and we have started working through it. I think we are at around about 25 and we will reduce the number of coaches we will look at and, hopefully, by next week or the following week we will produce the three to five coaches that we will recommend and start engaging,” says Safa President Danny Jordaan.
This time round, Safa is looking for a long-term solution. "We are looking for one of those coaches that will take us to that level where we can compete against the best, manage and get a team and put a team together that’s got quality,” says former player and Safa technical committee member Lucas Radebe.
Meanwhile, Safa is excited to host meetings of both the world football governing body, FIFA, and the continental body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), in South Africa over the next few days.
"Tomorrow (Friday), the entire CAF Executive (Committee) will be arriving, first the President of CAF, Issa Hayatou. Then on Monday morning, the President of FIFA is arriving here for the FIFA summit,” Jordaan said Thursday.
Jordaan is also vying for one of the two available seats to serve on the new FIFA Executive Committee. Africa has seven seats on the FIFA Council with CAF President Issa Hayatou automatically included in the body.
If elected, Jordaan will become the first South African to serve on the FIFA Executive Committee.
The elections will be held in Ethiopia on March 14. -- NNN-SABC