South African Football Association (SAFA) are now taking too long to announce the new coach for the national team Bafana Bafana. Each and every week they tell a new twist in the much awaited announcement of the new man to take Bafana Bafana to the FIFA World Cup in Russia. South Africans are becoming impatient with SAFA now and asking for answers as to what the problem might be in the controlling body of South African football which is regarded as number one in Africa.
Stuart Baxter is expected to be announced as the new man to take over Bafana Bafana and now there has been rumours going around that Supersport United FC are asking for more than R5 million to release Baxter for the national team as he is still contracted to the team. SAFA on the other hand are saying they are only communicating with Baxter and his agent regarding his services not Supersport United.
Previously Danny Jordaan and Dennis Mumble were quoted saying that the new Bafana Bafana coach to be announced was not in the country meaning that Baxter and other local coaches who were linked with the job were out of the picture to take charge of the national team. Each and every week SAFA are confusing the fans about the future of Bafana Bafana.
The Portuguese coach Carlos Quiroz was the best man according to SAFA to coach Bafana Bafana until they realised that he was still contracted to the Iran national team and the Iran football association was asking for multi million dollars for the release of Quiroz from his contract obligations with them. The money issue scared SAFA away from Quiroz.
It was previously reported that Stuart Baxter was expecting R1 million a month to take over as Bafana Bafana coach and his son should be roped in as a goalkeepers coach for Bafana. Baxter later on dismissed the rumours saying that he is a professional and could not dictate such demands in football as football is not a one man show.
As things stand SAFA are still not out of the problems they have with dismissed Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba as the issue is at CCMA and Mashaba seems to be winning it. Mashaba is asking for SAFA to pay him all his money for the remainder of his contract he had with them when they sacked him last year around November.
The other international coaches who were linked with the Bafana Bafana coaching job are now clear that they are out of the race for the position. The likes of Herve Renard who won AFCON with 3 different countries are out of the race as well but as we all know that there are surprises in football, it won’t be surprising when SAFA announced Herve Renard as the new Bafana Bafana coach as SAFA are said to be communicating with him all the time although he is still contracted to Algeria Football Association.
As things stand it is now 5 months and the national team has no permanent coach while they are looking forward to qualify for the World Cup in Russia which will be played next year. For the team to qualify for the tournament they have to get a coach who is very familiar with South African football and all the players and there is no one other than Stuart Baxter and Gavin Hunt.