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Molefi Ntseki Fired As South Africa Coach

Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki has been fired by the South Africa Football Association (SAFA).

The organization has decided to sack the 52-year-old gaffer after he failed to successfully lead the team through their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

SAFA made the decision on Wednesday and it was confirmed by the federation’s CEO in a press conference held at Safa House.

“The National Executive Committee has resolved to part ways with the coach, it is just administrative things that are outstanding,” Motlanthe said at the presser.

“We are here to convene the message of the NEC. They have mandated us to apologise to the nation on their behalf for the team’s failure to qualify for the AFCON.

“Unfortunately we did not qualify and we know it has emotionally affected the country.”

South Africa suffering a 2-0 defeat to Sudan on Sunday, in a match from which all they needed was a draw to book their spots in Cameroon.

Ntseki was appointed as South Africa coach in August 2019 replacing coach Stuart Baxter whom he worked as his assistant during that year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

A former teacher, Ntseki worked at a football academy before becoming assistant coach at Bloemfontein Celtic.

He then joined SAFA to work with the junior national teams, talking the under-17s to the 2017 U-17 World Cup in Chile.

SAFA is expected to announce a new technical team before the start of the World Cup Qualifiers in June,.

Benni McCarthy, Shakes Mashaba, Carlos Queiroz and Muhsin Ertugral among the names mentioned to take the coach position.

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