SAFA has on Friday evening confirmed the conclusion of talks with the next Bafana Bafana coach, the federation said in a statement.
The name was not revealed, but the Siya crew has it on good authority that it is Benni McCarthy, though it’s thought discussions with the coach’s current employers – AmaZulu – still have to take place in the coming days.
McCarthy, Bafana’s all-time top scorer to date, became the last man standing when their preferred candidate Carlos Queiroz was not immediately available and the association had to look to a local coach to fill the vacancy.
“We have concluded and finalised all the outstanding matters and we will announce the new coach next week. The two parties (SAFA and new coach) have resolved all matters and what remains now is to officially announce him next week,” said SAFA CEO, Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe in the statement.
The Bafana job became available a month ago when Molefi Ntseki was sacked for failing to qualify the team to next year’s Africa Cup of Nation.
McCarthy, should he indeed be the man announced, might have to juggle both the Usuthu job and being in charge of Bafana in preparation for their opening World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe in the first week of June.
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