The South African Football Association have confirmed that Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki has been fired following the team’s failure to qualify for AFCON.
Ntseki has been shown the door after just nine games in charge as he failed to successfully lead the team through their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.
Bafana fell at the final hurdle after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Sudan on Sunday, in a match from which all they needed was a draw to book their spots in Cameroon.
However, a poor display has left South Africa embarrassed once again as they failed to qualify for the continental showpiece for a fourth time in the last seven editions.
The coach, however, has not been formally informed of his sacking as the NEC will meet after the Easter break to discuss “administrative issues” around his sacking.
At the briefing, head of Safa’s technical committee, Jack Maluleka confirmed that some of their 12 requirements for hiring a coach include: coaching qualifications, international coaching experience, a proven track record, and understanding Safa’s record.
The association will meet early next week to discuss a way forward for the men’s national team, with 2022 World Cup qualifiers taking place later this year.