Former teacher Molefi Ntseki appointed Bafana Bafana head coach
South African Football Association (SAFA) have named Molefi Ntseki as their new Bafanabafa coach following departure of Stuart Baxter after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The South African Football Association’s (SAFA) made the decision during a council meeting in Johannesburg.
The former Bloemfontein Celtic assistant coach, 50, is the coach of the country’s under-17 team and was Baxter’s assistant at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in June.
Ntseki who also worked as an assistant to previous national coaches Shakes Mashaba and Owen da Gama, was named caretaker coach earlier this month and was tasked with handling the team against Zambia in a friendly international in Lusaka on Saturday.
He will now be offered a contract up to the 2022 World Cup after his appointment was unanimously endorsed by the entire SAFA National Executive Committee.
“All these tenures (with the national team) have prepared me enough to stand on my own. We went as far as the quarter-finals in Egypt and I was very much part of the decision making processes and with any coach I have worked with,” Ntseki said.
“I think I have sufficiently served my apprenticeship for this demanding job and it is about time I graduate to the next level. I qualified for the FIFA World Cup with the u17 in Chile and several other achievements and I don’t believe taking this job would be tantamount to being thrown into the deep end. Without sounding arrogant, I think I am ready for this.”
Ntseki, who did not play at professional level, was a teacher before turning to full-time coaching some 20 years ago.