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2021 AFCON: South Africa Fire Coach Ntseki After Qualification Failure

In this file {photograph} taken on October 13, 2019, Head Coach of South Africa, Molefi Ntseki, seems on from the sidelines through the worldwide pleasant soccer match between South Africa and Mali at The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth.

 

 

South Africa sacked coach Molefi Ntseki on Wednesday, three days after dropping in Sudan and failing to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The choice was introduced at a press convention in Soweto by South African Football Association chief govt Teboho Motlanthe.

South Africa completed third in Group C behind Ghana and Sudan to proceed a poor file within the competitors.

Since 2008, Bafana Bafana (The Boys) have performed in six Cup of Nations qualifying competitions and reached the finals solely twice.

Ntseki was a controversial appointment to succeed England-born Stuart Baxter, who resigned in 2019 quickly after taking South Africa to the Cup of Nations quarter-finals in Egypt.

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The 51-year-old assisted Baxter, then took over the nationwide facet regardless of by no means having been answerable for a senior staff.

Former ahead Benni McCarthy, who coaches South African Premiership membership AmaZulu, has been talked about as a potential successor to Ntseki.

McCarthy, whose 32 targets for South Africa is a nationwide file, inherited AmaZulu after they have been near the underside of the desk early this season and so they have risen to fifth underneath his steering.

Clive Barker, coach of the 1996 Cup of Nations-winning staff, has hailed McCarthy, calling him a “breath of fresh air”.

“Benni knows the game at the highest level and has played and scored at the highest level. He is now making his mark as a coach.

“He is a coach who should be able to take us forward. He has done really well as a coach and players respond well to him.”

Currently, unemployed Eric Tinkler, a midfielder within the 1996 Cup of Nations staff, may additionally be thought-about for a submit that must be stuffed urgently with 2022 World Cup qualifying starting on May 31.

South Africa are in the identical group as Ghana, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, and solely the staff ending first advance to the ultimate spherical.

Ghana gained and drew in opposition to Bafana within the 2021 Cup of Nations qualifiers and might name on Premier League midfielder Thomas Partey and ahead Jordan Ayew, and are favoured to win the group.

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