KHABO Zondo's appointment as national Under-20 coach should not be judged on his past results.
This is the view of Safa technical committee chairperson Fanyani Sibanyoni, who explained that a lot was taken into consideration before the decision was made.
"Khabo was the best candidate for the job because he has worked with Shakes Mashaba with the U-23 squad before and has also worked with Premiership clubs (Bloemfontein Celtic and Tembisa Classic). So he was the perfect guy for the job," Sibanyoni said.
"We all need to support this guy because South Africans have been asking for a local coach for some time now and in Khabo, we believe, we have the best candidate.
"We cannot judge him based on his past because we don't know what happened at his previous clubs. We'll give him all the support he needs to succeed in his job."
Sibanyoni also revealed that Safa would like to see most of the players currently playing for the national U-17 side graduating to the U-20 and U-23 squads and eventually the senior side.
Zondo was selected ahead of Maqsood Chenia, who had been caretaker coach for a long time. Chenia admitted he was a bit disappointed that he was overlooked for the job.
"I am still a part of the team and Khabo has all my support, but I was a little disappointed that I was not selected as the head coach. Khabo has obviously never worked at youth level before but I'm a professional and I will gladly assist where I will be needed," Chenia said.
"I was highly positive and also hopeful that I would be selected but unfortunately it didn't turn out that way. But I'm grateful that I'll continue working with the boys."