nees gets safa post

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The South African Football Association's big bosses never cease to amaze.

Safa has roped in German Michael Nees to work in the coaching education department headed by Kenneth "Continental" Kubheka.

Sowetan has learnt that the Safa honchos had initially clinched a deal with the German soccer federation for Nees to serve as its technical director.

But they were forced to change the title to that of coaching education facilitator after a workshop by the local technical experts in Vanderbijilpark two months ago.

At that workshop, also attended by Fifa representative Ashford Mamelodi, it was recommended that Safa employ a South African as a technical director.

It was also recommended that a local deputy technical director must also be hired so that the duo can cover all the nine provinces.

The arrival of Nees is part of the cooperation agreement between Safa and German soccer authorities with the focus on the development of coaches.

Nees, who has worked in Rwanda as their national coach, was due to arrive in the country yesterday. He has flatly refused to comment until he has met Safa chief executive Raymond Hack.

The position of technical director at Safa has been vacant since the departure of Simon Ngomane about four years ago.

In a move hailed as progress by many, with Safa praised for empowering their own, Ngomane took over from another German, Horst Kriete but lasted almost a year before opting to go into coaching club soccer.

Subsequent to that, Brazilian Marcos Fallopa got the job but also soon left.

Morio Sanyane, Safa communications manager, confirmed that Nees was in the country to work for Safa as part of the cooperation agreement with the Germans.

"He will work closely with Conti [Kubheka] in the education department in the setting up of structures and coaching courses.

"Regarding the appointment of a technical director, we are still going ahead with the recommendations to employ a South African.

"The matter is at NEC [national executive committee] level," said Sanyane.