Safa split on who will take top job
THE Bafana coaching job is not a done deal.
It's still unclear who is favourite between Gordon Igesund and Steve Komphela to land the position that became vacant this month after Pitso Mosimane was fired.
But indications are that the South African Football Association's national executive is split on who should be selected, with committee members likely to face a torrid time when they have to make the decision on June 30.
Komphela was interviewed on Monday, the last of the five candidates. The others were Gavin Hunt, Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba and Neil Tovey. The interviews were done by the Safa technical committee who scored each candidate.
Even though Komphela and Igesund still have to convince the executive committee of their credentials through presentations on June 30, the executive members appear to have already made up their minds on their preferred man.
According to some members, Komphela has got international experience on his side, having coached the national Under-23 side and having assisted former Bafana coaches Carlos Queiroz, Stuart Baxter, Carlos Alberto Parreira and lately Mosimane. They are of the opinion that Komphela has the potential to become a successful national team coach, having done fairly well at club level, though without achieving much in a way of league championship or silverware.
Others believe that Igesund should be given the job because he has achieved success at club level, even though he has no international experience to speak of.
To some extent, Igesund appears to have the edge and has his supporters among the soccer public.
But it won't be as cut and dried as some believe. There are members of the football association who have expressed reservations about the fact that Igesund does not stay long at any club.
There is pessimism that even if he clinches the job, Igesund would not see out a four-year contract, a scenario that might lead to a similar situation Safa found itself in with Mosimane.
Pundits feel Komphela would be suited for the job as a long-term solution and his relative success as coach of Free State Stars justifies the interest in him.
Besides, Komphela seems well versed in dealing with Safa's football politics, which comes with the poisoned chalice that is the Bafana job.
Talk about a cliffhanger!