The former Super Eagles’ coach Samson Siasia has applied for the plum job of the South Africa senior national football team, the Bafana Bafana. Siasia is one of over 60 applicants seeking to get the job of the team.
Among other coaches that applied for same job includes Cameroon’s Belgian coach Hugo Broos who led the Indomitable Lions to victory about 11 days ago at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon.
Other big names that have applied, includes Giovanni Trapattoni, Italians Roberto Mancini and as well as Germans Lothas Matthaus and Bernd Schuster. Hassan Shehata, who led Egypt to three Nations Cup titles is also on the list.
South African Football Association (SAFA) on Thursday, revealed their names to the press. It further stated that former internationals Lucas Radebe and Benni McCarthy would form part of the committee to find the new national coach.
Radebe was a long-standing captain of Bafana Bafana while McCarthy, who has just completed his UEFA Pro A coaching licence, is South Africa’s record goalscorer.
SAFA statement said. “The committee among other things will draw up a short list, deliberate on it before naming the suitable candidate in the coming days,” among the list of committee includes Clive Barker, who guided South Africa to its sole Africa Cup of Nations win in 1996, and Neil Tovey, who captained the side.
“We want to have the process expedited as Bafana Bafana have a bumper 2017 season in which they need to compete and qualify on three fronts,’’ said SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan.
“We need the coach to be in place when we play two friendly matches in March,’’ he added.
South Africa have to participate in the qualifying competition for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Nations Cup.
They will also try to reach next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN), the tournament for Africans who play in their own domestic league.
South Africa’s coaching job became vacant in December when Ephraim “Shakes’’ Mashaba was sacked for “gross misconduct.’’
It is left to see how Sia 1(Samson Siaia) will fare, amongst the list, while wishing him best of luck.