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Thu Apr 24 18:46:18 SAST 2014

Ted backs Safa's coach short list

MAZOLA MOLEFE | 12 June, 2012 06:340 Comments
Ted Dumitru during the 2008 Confederation Cup match between Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA) and Haras El Hodoud (Egypt) held at the Super Stadium, in Atteridgeville
Image by: Lefty Shivambvu / Gallo Images

FORMER Bafana coach Ted Dumitru is backing the SA Football Association's short list of five candidates for the country's top coaching job, but warns that the chosen coach will have a tough task on his hands.

Last week Safa named Steve Komphela, Gavin Hunt, Gordon Igesund, Ephraim Mashaba and Neil Tovey as candidates to be interviewed for the Bafana coaching job following the sacking of Pitso Mosimane.

Mosimane was fired after a winless streak of seven official matches, including two World Cup qualifiers and a failure to reach the Nations Cup this year.

Three of the candidates are contracted to Premier League clubs, Mashaba is coach of the under-23 national team and Tovey is in charge of First Division side Thanda Royal Zulu.

For Dumitru, those five should be enough for Safa's process.

Komphela replaced Mosimane following a dull 1-1 draw against Ethiopia in Bafana's opening World Cup qualifier on June 3.

Dumitru said the five candidates were the only local coaches who fitted the criteria.

Dumitru, who was coach of Kaizer Chiefs when they won the Premier League in 2004 and 2005, warned that whoever got the job should realise that it could get worse for Bafana before it started to improve.

"We have a very poor pool of talent. Take out [Steven] Pienaar and we have no midfield. And take out [Katlego] Mphela, even though he has been struggling at club level, and we have no one to score the goals," he said.

"The coach has to address all those issues. The big picture is much more challenging, as there has been a serious decline since the 2010 World Cup."

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