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Thu Apr 24 16:20:36 SAST 2014

Bafana need international coach, says Fortune

MAZOLA MOLEFE | 14 June, 2012 17:170 Comments
Bafana Bafana training and press conference
Steve Komphela shouts out instructions during a Bafana Bafana training session at Royal Marang Sports Complex on June 13, 2012 in Rustenburg, South Africa
Image by: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

STEVE Komphela, one of the five candidates to take over the Bafana job, leads the national team in his second match as caretaker coach on Friday night, but Quinton Fortune believes having the job fulltime would be too big for him.

Outspoken former Bafana midfielder Fortune said even if Komphela guides the team to their first win in 10 months against Gabon in Nelspruit, that would not enhance his chances as SA Football Association’s pick.

“The job is just too big for one man. You need help because with Bafana you never know. You could get sacked with things still going well after three or four games,” said the former Manchester United player.

“We need Safa to work with the manager, instead of being against the manager, to make sure the team is successful.”

So who’s Fortune’s choice to succeed Pitso Mosimane as coach?

“The best short-term solution is to have (SuperSport United’s) Gavin Hunt and Komphela work together, then get an international manager for the long-term,” he said.

The other candidates being interviewed to coach Bafana are Ephraim Mashaba, Gordon Igesund and Neil Tovey.

Fortune also backed the current Bafana players to improve on the road to the 2014 World Cup Brazil by winning the rest of the qualifiers after two successive draws against Ethiopia and Botswana.

“Last time I watched them was during the 2010 World Cup. I’m sure all those guys have not become bad players overnight. They have it in them to win games and I don’t want to criticise the team. We can’t get any worse,” he added.

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