SACKED AmaZulu coach Neil "Mokoko" Tovey has emerged as favourite to assist Pitso Mosimane as Bafana Bafana coach.
Sowetan has learnt that the authorities wanted Tovey as joint assistant coach with Brazilian Jairo Leal, who has agreed to stay on despite the departure of Carlos Albert Parreira.
Leal was introduced to Safa by Parreira when he first came to coach Bafana in 2007.
Mosimane is expected to meet Safa technical committee members today to outline his vision for the national team that made history by becoming the first World Cup hosts to be eliminated in the first round.
The technical committee, which comprises Jomo Sono, Ted Dumitru, Harold Legodi and Simon Ngomane, has also rubber-stamped the executive's decision to give Mosimane the job.
Convened by Fanyana Sebanyoni, the committee has been tasked by the Safa executive to engage Mosimane first.
But some of the technical committee members that Sowetan interviewed feel the Safa executive should have let them deal with the Mosimane appointment in the first place.
"It is not possible for the technical committee to overrule the executive, which is the highest decision-making body of Safa," said one member.
"Safa should have let us deal with this issue and recommend the appointment of Pitso to them and not the other way round.
"We really don't understand the role the technical committee is playing in this regard.
"This is the committee that has been tasked to search for a coach, but the executive committee is now the one that decides who should be given the Bafana Bafana job," said the official.