It's Komphela or Igesund
THE Bafana Bafana coaching job is down to two, Steve Komphela and Gordon Igesund.
The two candidates made the final list after Komphela was interviewed yesterday.
The South African Football Association's technical committee selection panel confirmed yesterday that the top candidates for the job were Komphela and Igesund.
These two candidates have been invited by the committee to make a further presentation to the national executive committee of Safa, which is constitutionally mandated to appoint the Bafana coach by June 30.
"We are delighted that this process is reaching its conclusion," said Safa chief executive Robin Petersen. "Both of these candidates have shown their credentials and either of them would make an excellent national team coach."
The other candidates - Gavin Hunt, Neil Tovey and Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba - were interviewed last week, along with Igesund.
Just three days after halting Bafana Bafana's miserable run of eight matches without a win by guiding the team to a 3-0 win over Gabon, Komphela yesterday had the task of convincing Safa bosses that he could produce results such as Friday's victory in Nelspruit more regularly.
The Gabon side was significantly weaker than the team that did duty in this year's Africa Cup of Nations on home soil, but in a similar vein, under axed coach Pitso Mosimane, Bafana failed to beat a Senegal team that featured predominantly Under-23 players.
Komphela took advantage of the favourable position of having had two games - including a draw against Botswana - to showcase what he could do with the depleted and low-in-confidence Bafana side and the emphatic win could have been just the result that forced a two-way stalemate.
Fans will be pleased with the fact that a South African coach looks destined to take the reins but it remains hard to tell who has the upper hand between the distinguished coaches.