Ntseki’s first targets are qualifying for Afcon 2021 and the Qatar World Cup
New Bafana coach has his work cut out
New Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has no official mandate agreed on yet‚ acting SA Association (Safa) CEO Russell Paul says.
Paul‚ speaking after Ntseki had just been confirmed in a Safa national executive committee meeting at Safa House on Saturday as full-time Bafana coach‚ said if there is to be a mandate‚ it will be agreed between the coach and association at a later stage.
Paul did say that qualifying for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Cameroon and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar basically went without saying as targets for the new head coach.
“The obvious thing for SA football is we want to qualify for Afcon 2021‚ Afcon 2023 and we want to qualify for the World Cup‚” Paul said.
“Those are the three major issues for SA football. Coupled with that is we need to have greater success in the Cosafa Cup. Those are the things that have been factored into a discussion with him [Ntseki] on how we will reach an agreement on the targets for him.”
Ntseki, 50‚ the assistant to Stuart Baxter‚ who resigned on August 2‚ had already been named caretaker Bafana coach for Saturday’s friendly against Zambia in Lusaka. He now takes charge of that match as full-time head coach.
His head-coaching experience includes the national under-17 team‚ who he steered to runners-up at the 2015 Africa Under-17 Championship and a group stage exit at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup that year.
He started as head coach of Motsepe League team Welkom Eagles in 1998 and steered them to promotion to the National First Division in 2000.
He was co-founder of the Harmony Academy in the Free State which produced SuperSport United players Teboho Mokoena and Sipho Mbule.
As assistant coach at Bloemfontein Celtic‚ Ntseki was again influential in discovering and promoting young players such as Thapelo Morena and Eric Mathoho.
He was assistant coach to Serame Letsoaka’s Amajita who reached the last 16 of the Fifa World Cup in Egypt in 2009‚ many of whom — such as captain Thulani Hlatshwayo and midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo — are Bafana regulars.