Money will not be an obstacle in appointing the next Bafana Bafana coach, the SA Football Association has said.
It was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon at the SAFA headquarters in Nasrec that Molefi Ntseki has been fired from his position as national team coach and that the technical committee, led by NEC member Jack Maluleke, will begin drawing up a list of potential candidates in the coming weeks.
Bafana failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year following a shock 2-0 defeat to Sudan at the weekend when Ntseki’s men only needed a point.
The coach, according to Siya sources, had a contract running until 2023 but SAFA chief executive officer Tebogo Motlanthe announced on Wednesday that the hierarchy had taken a decision to relieve the coach of his duties.
Bafana have often had high-profile names lined up for the plum job in the past, but their dire financial situation has been the stumbling block.
The federation did, however, report a windfall of R60-million in the previous financial year, though a high number of their employees were retrenched a few months ago.
“I won’t talk about the last time (a coach was being appointed) because I was not there (as CEO), but the head of the technical committee says it was never an issue. I don’t see us having the issue of finances when we appoint a coach,” Motlanthe told journalists.
“There will be a criteria set and we will get a coach who will be recommended by the technical committee.”
Ntseki was hired in August 2019 after Stuart Baxter resigned.
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