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Sun Apr 20 05:13:20 SAST 2014

Bafana coach decision on Saturday

MARK GLEESON | 29 June, 2012 06:170 Comments
Gordon Igesund and Steve Komphela during the Absa Premiership Awards at Gold Reef City on May 27, 2012 in Johannesburg
Image by: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

DECIDING on the new Bafana Bafana coach will be the first order of business when the South African Football Association's national executive committee holds its two-day meeting in Johannesburg at the weekend.

There are plans in place to get the choice of either Gordon Igesund or Steve Komphela decided by lunchtime on the first day, and a press announcement made shortly thereafter.

The entire process is taking place at Safa House next to Soccer City, which is sure to be besieged by the media waiting to find out who the next coach will be.

That is if the committee agrees on the choice, but there is always the chance the decision might be delayed.

Both coaches will present their vision to the committee, who will then deliberate the matter and decide.

Earlier this week, Safa president Kirsten Nematandani lashed out at speculation that the choice had been made after previous presentations to the technical committee.

"It is very wrong to conclude that because the technical and development committee has said one, two or three, we should rubber-stamp that decision. That is not how such a people-oriented organisation like Safa works. This is a national issue which has to be handled very carefully.

"If we take a decision, we want it to have been above board and that verdict must be accepted by the entire NEC members," added Nematandani.

It is only after the decision that the committee will then get on with its other business, including a planned long and hard discussion on the way forward for South African soccer, according to insiders.

They will also go through various reports from the association's sub-committees. The executive meets on average four times a year.

With 36 members, it is one of the largest in world football, expanded substantially two years ago in a swiftly organised putsch which ensured a vice-presidency for Danny Jordaan.

But Fifa has criticised the high number of members and said that to have so many in a key decision- making body is not practical.

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