Lothar Matthaus, who captained Germany to success in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, was among the reported names on SAFA's list for the Bafana Bafana job, but has now revealed he never applied for the position.
The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan star won more than 20 trophies, including the World Cup and a UEFA Champions League title, during his playing days.
After hanging up his boots, he began his coaching career and worked with five clubs, winning three domestic league titles, as well as the Hungary and Bulgaria national teams.
In an exclusive interview with Soccer Laduma, the Bundesliga legend insisted he never applied for the South Africa head coach position after Shakes Mashaba was dismissed.
"Personally, I have not been in contact with anyone. I never applied," he said.
"Maybe one of these fake agents – there are so many these days – put my name in the mix. It's like a pool filled with sharks. I don't even know these guys, but they say, 'I am connected to Lothar Matthaus, I put his name in the mix.'
"But only when these guys get a response would they attempt to contact me for the first time. I don't even know these people who have put my name in the mix of some clubs and national teams.
"I didn't know that I was in the mix in South Africa, but I heard afterwards about it."
When asked if he could see himself coaching Bafana in the future, Matthaus insisted that even though the project in South Africa could tempt him, he has other priorities right now.
"Currently, it's out of question, because I have my own job and South Africa has a coach," he added.
The interview was conducted thanks to a new official partnership between Soccer Laduma and the Bundesliga. You can read all details about it here: Soccer Laduma Becomes Bundesliga Official Media Partner In Africa
Read the whole exclusive interview with 1990 World Cup winner Matthaus, during which the Bundesliga legend speaks about facing Diego Maradona, how it feels to lift the World Cup trophy, losing the 1999 UEFA Champions League final and why coaching is not a dream job, in this week's Soccer Laduma, issue 1051.