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Fri Apr 18 03:31:29 SAST 2014

Bafana job not yet a done deal

KGOMOTSO SETHUSHA | 20 June, 2012 07:230 Comments
Bafana Bafana training and press conference
Steve Komphela delivers a pep-talk during a Bafana training session at Royal Marang Sports Complex on June 13, 2012 in Rustenburg, South Africa
Image by: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

THE Bafana coaching job is not a done deal.

It's still unclear which of Gordon Igesund or Steve Komphela is favoured to land the position that became vacant this month after Pitso Mosimane was fired.

There are indications that the SA Football Association's national executive is split on the issue, with committee members likely to face a torrid time when they reveal their decision on June 30.

Komphela was interviewed on Monday - the last of the five candidates. The others were Igesund, Gavin Hunt, Shakes Mashaba and Neil Tovey.

The interviews were conducted by the Safa technical committee who scored each candidate.

Even though Komphela and Igesund still have to convince the executive committee that they are right for the job, with presentations on June 30, executive members appear to have already made up their minds.

According to some members, Komphela has got international experience on his side, having coached the national under-23 side and having assisted former coaches Carlos Queiroz, Stuart Baxter, Carlos Alberto Parreira - and, most recently, Mosimane.

They feel Komphela has the potential to become a successful national team coach, having done fairly well at club level - though without achieving much by way of the league championships or other silverware.

Others feel Igesund should get the job because he has achieved success at club level, even though he has no international experience to speak of. To some extent, Igesund appears to have the edge and appears to have the support of the soccer public.

But it won't be as cut and dried as some believe. There are members within the football association who have expressed reservations about the fact that Igesund does not stay long at any club.

There is pessimism that, even if he clinches the job, Igesund would not see out a four-year contract - a scenario which might lead to a similar situation as that Safa found itself in with Mosimane.

Pundits feel Komphela would be suited for the job as a long-term solution, and his relative success as coach of Free State Stars justifies the interest in him.

Another thing is that Komphela seems well-versed in the Safa football politics which accompany the poisoned chalice that is the Bafana job.

Talk about a cliffhanger!

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