The South African Football Association’s (SAFA) Technical Committee Chairperson, Mr Fanyana Sibanyoni, has revealed that interviews for the Bafana Bafana coaching job, which were scheduled to have commenced yesterday (Wednesday, 13 June 2012), will now all be conducted on Thursday, 14 June 2012.
This is with the exception of Bafana Bafana caretaker coach, Steve Komphela, who is in camp with the Senior Men’s National Team preparing for the international friendly match against Gabon.
The clash takes place on Friday, 15 June 2012 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
Komphela will be interviewed on Tuesday, 19 June 2012.
Sibanyoni said the committee arrived at the decision after concluding that conducting interviews on separate days would give an advantage to those who would come later.
“It was a procedural decision that we took as the Technical Committee. We decided that all prospective coaches will each have a two-hour presentation followed by interviews, with the exception of Steve who is on national duty,” said Sibanyoni.
“We expect to start the interviews early in the morning and everyone should have gone through the process by 16h00.”
The Technical Committee Chairperson added that once the process of interviewing the five is completed on Tuesday, the Committee will expedite the process of recommending the ranked candidates on a list from which the NEC will select the successful candidate.
“We would like to appeal to the public to support the successful candidate because people will have their own preferred candidates. There is a huge diversity of opinion on this matter that is why I am appealing to the public to welcome whoever is selected as the new Bafana Bafana Head Coach,” added Sibanyoni.
The following five candidates were identified and placed on a shortlist for the vacant Bafana Bafana head coach job.
1. Gordon Igesund Moroka Swallows
2. Gavin Hunt Supersport United
3. Neil Tovey Former Bafana Bafana Captain Neil Tovey
4. Shakes Mashaba SA U23 Coach
5. Steve Komphela Bafana Bafana caretaker coach and Free State Stars Coach
The position was left vacant after SAFA and former coach Pitso Mosimane parted ways amicably last week.