The South African football Association (Safa) has compiled a list of five candidates who will be considered for the vacant position of Bafana Bafana coach after former coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba was fired from the position for disciplinary reasons.
The shortlisted candidates are 2017 African Nations Cup-winning coach Hugo Broos; Frenchman Herve Renard (Nations Cup winner with Zambia in 2012 and Ivory Coast in 2015); former Bafana bosses Carlos Queiroz and Stuart Baxter; and former England manager Roy Hodgson.
Safa has not issued a statement about the recruitment process or informed some of the candidates about the interviews it seems. The Cameroon Football Association has been forced to deny reports that its current coach is in the running to become Bafana Bafana coach.
“No contact has been made so far between Broos and the South African FA‚” a Cameroonian federation statement read.
“The coach received several proposals after the Nations Cup, but none has yet received a favourable outcome.
“Broos is still under contract with Cameroon and will see out the term of said contract.”
Broos has been coach of The Indomitable Lions for one year.
"There was only contact with an agent‚ who said the South African team’s coaching post was free and indirectly asked … if he could introduce me‚" Broos told French radio over the weekend.
"I told him to go ahead and that is how it ended. I do not intend to leave Cameroon."
A panel of football experts comprising former Bafana captains Benni McCarthy‚ Lucas Radebe and Neil Tovey and other pundits chose the five coaches who have been shortlisted. The panel looked at CVs and assessed the achievements and reputations of the coaches they chose.
Safa’s executive committee will this week have the final say on who will become the new coach of Bafana Bafana and oversee two friendly matches against Angola and Guniea-Bissau in March. Contract negotiations should be completed by Friday and announcement made then or over the weekend.
In June, Bafana Bafana plays Nigeria in a 2019 Nations Cup qualifier. And there
Between August and November there will be four World Cup qualifying matches against Cape Verde Islands (away and home)‚ Burkina Faso (home) and Senegal (away).