Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes Molefi Ntseki was not properly supported while in the role as Bafana Bafana coach.
According to media reports, Mngqithi's name has been thrown into the ring as a potential candidate on a shortlist that includes Carlos Queiroz as SAFA’s first-choice, while Pitso Mosimane and Benni McCarthy are also believed to have been named as potential successors.
Reports have also suggested that Herve Renard, Hugo Broos and Philippe Troussier have put their hands up for the plum job.
Speaking to the media, Mngqithi expressed his belief that if Ntseki was given proper support like previous Bafana coaches, he would have succeeded in his job and cannot be labelled as a bad coach.
"If Ntseki was given the opportunity to be surrounded by experienced and qualified coaches, I believe that could've help him.
"Because now people are saying he didn't do well and all that, but deep down in my mind I'm saying, that guy was on the right track, but was he really supported? Just like we supported Carlos Parriera... Remember he was given experienced coaches like Pitso Mosimane, Khabo Zondo and others. What what did you give Ntseki?
"Suddenly he is the bad coach? He did well with under-17s and 20s. People must take some responsibility in having bias because any coach from Europe will be allowed to bring their technical staff and be paid a good salary. That must apply to other coaches as well, because that is where this thing will either make it or break it."
Mngqithi has responded to media reports that name the Downs mentor on the Bafana coaching shortlist.
"At the moment, the focus is on the DStv Premiership, CAF Champions League, maybe seeing the team in the FIFA Club World Cup and maybe Nedbank Cup. Those are the focuses and at this stage, it will be difficult to happen. I'm not saying it won't happen but at this stage I'm committed to the mandate and what we want to achieve as Sundowns."