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PSL referee involved in car crash, needs R1 million for medical procedure

May 7th 2021 at 07:54

A top PSL assistant referee was involved in a life-threatening car accident this week, and he’s in desperate need of medical assistance.

Shaun Olive, who is a SAFA accredited match official, was leaving his home in Mondeor to head to work and had an accident where his car rolled over him and dragged him across the road. 

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That’s according to his partner Sherize Pieterse who took to Backabuddy website to share the sad news.

Pieterse further revealed that the doctors asked for R1 million even before they could assess Olive.

“The doctors on consult asked for R1million before they’ll even assess him and he was transferred to a state hospital for treatment,” wrote Pieterse.

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“He has undergone scans and X-rays in a private hospital and with no means of income and no medical aid, all bills will have to be paid in cash.

“This includes the medical treatment and surgeries he will have to undergo in the next couple of days,” added Pieterse.

He has a broken left leg and a fractured pelvis, a urethral injury, and a broken nose, his pelvis is displaced and he has a spinal fracture. Internal damage as of this moment is still unknown,” continued Pieterse.

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Olive was named the PSL Assistant Referee of the Season at the end of the 2019-20 season.

High-profile players such as Daniel Cardoso and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya have made contributions toward raising the funds for Olive.

Almost R50 000 of the required R1 million has been raised so far.

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Molefi Ntseki will NOT be Hugo Broos’ assistant after parting ways with SAFA

May 6th 2021 at 05:53

New Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos will not be able to count on former national mentor Molefi Ntseki as one of his assistants going forward.

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There had been speculation following Broos’ announcement on Wednesday as the new South Africa coach that at least one of his assistants would be Ntseki.

However, on Thursday, the South African Football Association (SAFA) issued a statement confirming they had parted ways with Ntseki.

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In March SAFA sacked Ntseki just 18 months into his contract after he failed to lead the national side in qualification for next year’s delayed Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament to be held in Cameroon.

Ironically, the only international side that the already 69-year-old Broos has coached to date has been Cameroon.

Ntseki previously acted as an assistant coach to Stuart Baxter during his tenure at the helm of Bafana Bafana.

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SAFA’s statement read:

The South African Football Association (SAFA) together with coach Molefi Ntseki have officially agreed to part ways amicably, following the senior national team’s failure to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Ntseki, who was appointed as Bafana Bafana head coach back in August 2019 after playing an assistant role to previous coach Stuart Baxter for two years where they reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 Afcon, leaves the association after overseeing nine international matches.

Under Ntseki’s watchful eye, Bafana Bafana won four, drew two and lost three of the nine international matches played. 

Prior to being the senior national team coach, the Free-State born coach enjoyed a good stint with South African junior national teams including guiding the SA U17 team (Amajimbos) to the 2015 Fifa World Cup in Chile. He also helped Amajimbos qualify for the 2015 U17 Afcon Tournament, where he finished as runners-up to Mali, thus earning a ticket to Chile. Ntseki was also the U23 assistant coach.

SAFA would like thank Ntseki for his contribution to the association over the years.

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FIVE Bafana Bafana stars ‘new broom’ Hugo Broos could sweep clean!

May 6th 2021 at 04:48

Newly-appointed Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has already revealed his plans for the future as he is about to get his five-year journey underway.

In his first press conference on Wednesday, Broos said he wanted to build Bafana Bafana around young and hungry players that are below the age of 30.

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Broos admitted he was surprised by Molefi Ntseki’s decision to include players that are 30 and above in his final two games as Bafana Bafana coaches against Ghana and Sudan.

And based on his statement, it is clear that certain players who are above the age of 30 could be affected should Bafana Bafana’s new broom provided Broos keeps his word.

But which of Bafana Bafana regulars could be affected in the near future?  

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ITUMELENG KHUNE

Itumeleng Khune

The Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper is turning 34 in June, and chances of him featuring regularly under Broos appear unlikely.

Already, a section of football fans wasn’t too pleased with Ntseki’s decision to include Khune in the recent squad announcement – saying the Amakhosi No.1 had gone past his best.

Khune had been the country’s No.1 since making his Bafana Bafana debut in 2008, and the majority of the players he played with in the past years have either retired or are no longer part of the national team setup.

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Ronwen Williams appears to have taken over as the country’s most trusted goalkeeper, and chances are that younger shot-stoppers will be roped in going forward.

THULANI HLATSHWAYO

The Orlando Pirates skipper took over the Bafana Bafana captaincy armband from Khune but it looks like someone else could be appointed with Broos now on board.

Hlatshwayo’s form has also dipped since joining the Buccaneers, and these are some of the factors that could force to Broos to make a decision on whether or not he needs him in his Bafana Bafana team.

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While he has hardly put a foot wrong whenever he’s represented Bafana Bafana, the fact of the matter is that Hlatshwayo (31) isn’t getting any younger, meaning more players should be groomed for when his international career comes to an end.  

THEMBA ZWANE

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Zwane, 31, is currently one of the best players in that Mamelodi Sundowns squad and he has been a constant feature in the Bafana Bafana squads under Molefi Ntseki.

He may survive and keep his place in the Bafana squad for the next few months given his form and talent.

However, some may argue that he hasn’t been the Zwane everyone has come to love and admire as a footballer – he’s often disappeared in important matches that Bafana Bafana needed his magic feet.

ANDILE JALI

Jali has just turned 31, and recently returned to the Bafana Bafana setup after being overlooked for months due to injuries and lack of game time.

He’s one of the players that Broos may look to for experience.

But it may not be for long as players such as Sipho Mbule and Teboho Mokoena have already shown the country what they are capable of.

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And Broos could opt to overlook Jali for the SuperSport United duo in an attempt to turn things around for the better for Bafana Bafana.

DEAN FURMAN

As a late bloomer, Furman never really disappointed and in fact, he played his heart out for Bafana Bafana.

His departure from SuperSport United was expected to signal the end of his international career, but Ntseki kept him in his plans because of his dedication, hard work, and experience.

Now, with Broos coming in, chances are that Furman may not wear the Bafana Bafana jersey regularly or never again as younger midfielders continue to raise their hands for national team call-ups.

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Football – 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers – South Africa Training – Moses Mabhida Stadium – South Africa

Itumeleng Khune of South Africa during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers South Africa training session at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, South Africa on 11 November 2020 © Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

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Themba Zwane of South Africa during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Bradley Cross: SA defender in Newcastle United first-XI training after Tokyo Olympic snub – pictures

May 6th 2021 at 02:30

South African junior international Bradley Cross was spotted training with English Premier League side Newcastle United’s first team on Wednesday.

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The Amajita centre back joined the ‘Toon’ on a two-year deal earlier in the season, after impressing their u23’s staff in a short trial. It did not take long for the 20-year-old to prove his worth within the Magpies academy structures, with his leadership qualities apparent early on.

Bradley Cross made an immediate impact at Newcastle

That then catapulted the left-footed Cross to the captaincy role, very shortly after his arrival. That rapid rise seemed to have caught the South African fraternity my surprise and subsequently heightened expectations. Unfortunately, his progression trajectory hasn’t included a Premier League debut yet, but Wednesday’s pictures make for promising viewing.

Cross, a product of the now-defunct Bidvest Wits Academy posted pictures of himself in full training with the Newcastle side. One including an image of him keeping close tabs on the elusive Allan Saint-Maximim. Having made 20 appearances for Newcastle u23s in the Premier League 2 Division 2 many keen observers of his progress could argue that it is just reward for his consistency and continued growth.

  • Picture: IG brxd.cross
  • Picture: IG brxd.cross

SAFA overlooked Bradley Cross for Olympics selection

Despite all the strides Cross has been making on Tyneside, it seems to have gone unnoticed by SAFA, finding himself omitted from the preliminary u23 Olympics squad. Coach David Notoane opted for the likes of skipper Tercious Malepe, Luke Fleurs and Katlego Mohamme as his only centre back options in the 40-man preliminary squad for the showpiece.

He continues to be overlooked by SAFA

That, however, was not the first time the COSAFA Cup winner found himself snubbed for a major tournament by a junior national team coach. In 2019 despite making the U20 World Cup preliminary squad, then Amajita coach Thabo Senong opted against taking Cross with him to Poland. This despite being on top form for German Bundesliga side Schalke 04’s u19’s at that time.

Cross, who is equally at home at left-back, could be forgiven for scratching his head thinking what else he needs to do to convince the national selectors. He can find solace from his first-team training call up however and feel like it’s only a matter of time till he breaks through at club level.

It is also noteworthy that Cross is a double passport holder, and as he continues to be overlooked by SAFA, he continues to edge closer to the Newcastle first-team squad. Should he make the breakthrough it could be only a matter of time till the England u21s start to monitor his progress.

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FOUR things that cost Benni McCarthy the Bafana Bafana job!

May 5th 2021 at 11:16

Almost every South African endorsed the idea of Benni McCarthy becoming the new Bafana Bafana head coach.

However, the South African Football Association (SAFA) opted for Hugo Broos; a Belgian coach who won the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon.

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Until Tuesday, McCarthy was believed to be the man to succeed Molefi Ntseki but there are FOUR things that reportedly cost him the Bafana Bafana plumb job.    

And here are they…

HIGH SALARY DEMANDS

Media reports suggest that McCarthy asked for a high salary from SAFA when he was approached.

While SAFA said in March that money wasn’t a problem, it is believed that they found McCarthy’s salary demands high and unreasonable.

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With that said, it’s unclear if the agreement between SAFA and Broos means the Belgian mentor will be earning far lesser than what McCarthy was asking for.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

According to SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe, one of the criteria for selecting the current Bafana Bafana coach was international experience.

And obviously, McCarthy lacks that as he’s only been coaching at club level, and his coaching career only kicked off less than five years ago.

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His decorated CV of being a former Bafana Bafana player and a rising coach in South Africa was overlooked as SAFA wanted someone who will hit the ground running and ensure that the team qualifies for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

TECHNICAL TEAM DEMANDS

It is widely reported that part of McCarthy’s demands was that he comes with his own technical team at AmaZulu.

He reportedly wanted Siyabonga Nomvethe, Vasili Manousakis and goalkeeper coach Moeneeb Josephs to be part of his backroom staff.

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This was to ensure that there’s enough visibility of the Bafana Bafana technical team at PSL games in order to make informed decisions when selecting his squads.  

However, SAFA rejected the proposal as they wanted to do things differently.   

WORKING WITH THE OLYMPIC AND U20 TEAMS

On Wednesday, Soccer Laduma reported that McCarthy wanted to work closely with the Olympic team and U20 technical team.

The reason given was that McCarthy was already looking beyond 2022 and casting an eye on the 2026 FIFA World Cup finals, knowing that Bafana Bafana will need to be refreshed with younger players.  

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Again, the idea was reportedly shot down by SAFA who are believed to have cited budgetary issues as the main stumbling block.

Is Pitso Mosimane distracted at Al Ahly by SAFA’s Bafana job approach?

May 4th 2021 at 13:36

Monday evening saw Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly fail to close the gap on league leaders Zamalek after a 1-0 shock loss to Ghazl El-Mahalla.

A 35th-minute strike gave the home side a shock lead against the “Red Devils” with Ashrad Mohamed Sayed’s thundering strike from range beating Egyptian international keeper Mohamed El-Shenawy.

That away defeat means that Mosimane’s charges remain all of four points behind rivals Zamalek who occupy top spot.

This is the second game in succession that Al Ahly dropped points after speculation was rife recently that top SAFA officials were trying to lure Mosimane back to the SAFA clubhouse for the Bafana Bafana job.

Since then, the Red Devils dropped points in a 1-1 draw at home to 11th-placed El Gouna as well as Monday night’s draw with their eighth-placed opponents.

Is Al Ahly paying the price for a distracted Pitso Mosimane?

Those are two games that the Al Ahly faithful would expect Mosimane’s boys to win convincingly, and the nature of the last two results might have them raising their eyebrows.

According to media reports, the former Mamelodi Sundowns mentor was the subject of rife interest from SAFA.

In fact, it is believed that SAFA was so desperate to land the serial trophy winner, upon their initial failed attempt they asked the country’s President Cyril Ramaphosa to try and convince him.

SAFA’s failed attempt at luring Mosimane back home

The man who led Mamelodi Sundowns to their maiden CAF Champions League title is thought to harbour no ambitions of returning to the Bafana fold at the moment.

“Jingles” as Mosimane is affectionately known, spent two years as Bafana Bafana coach between 2010-2012 in a rather ill-fated stint.

Unfortunately for him, his national team coaching spell is perhaps best remembered for the Bafana squad prematurely celebrating an AFCON 2012 spot before finding out they had missed out due to CAF’s head-to-head rule.

Having unequivocally turned down SAFA’s approach, perhaps Mosimane’s loyalty is not something the Al Ahly supporters should be worried about.

They, however, will be hoping that if he has indeed been distracted he managed to shake it off very soon.

With the Egyptian giants facing three crucial fixtures against Al Ittihad, log leaders Zamalek and former side Mamelodi Sundowns in the next eight days, there will be minimal room for error.

SAFA catches MASSIVE break after Bafana’s SWC 2022 qualifiers delayed

May 4th 2021 at 10:47

Next month’s opening 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifiers for Africa are set to be delayed because a host of stadiums lack Confederation of African Football approval, sources told AFP on Tuesday. 

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According to sources at several football federations in Africa, CAF is planning to postpone the first two days of qualifying from June to September. 

“The CAF emergency committee validated the decision on Monday, we are awaiting the validation of the executive committee” on May 15, a federation president told AFP.

Other leading figures within African football have confirmed the decision. 

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When questioned, CAF did not confirm the postponement and announced that it would communicate on the subject “during the day”.

The six qualifying matchdays would be staggered two-by-two in September, October and November.

According to the same sources the playoffs will take place in March after the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Cameroon, itself initially scheduled for 2021 but pushed back to 2022 by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The last-minute postponement has been prompted by the absence of stadiums approved by CAF in 22 of the confederation’s 54 member countries.

Countries including Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal would not be able to play their home matches in June.

There is also no approved stadium in Sierra Leone, who are due to play a delayed AFCON qualifier against Benin in June.

The news will come as music to the ears of the South African Football Association (SAFA) who have still not named the new coach to lead Bafana Bafana into those qualifiers which were, until the delay, due to kick off in the first week in June.

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Fantastic flight specials in May – Safair CMO

May 4th 2021 at 04:35
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EXCLUSIVE | Zuma weighs in on McCarthy to Bafana Bafana debate

May 3rd 2021 at 08:22

Bafana Bafana legend Sibusiso Zuma has thrown his weight behind former teammate and AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy for the national team job.

McCarthy is reported to be the frontrunner for the Bafana Bafana plumb job following the South African Football Association’s (SAFA) failure to finalize the deal with Carlos Queiroz among other candidates.

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SAFA was expected to announce Molefi Ntseki’s successor over a week ago but that didn’t happen with the postponement of the announcement made public just hours before what was a scheduled press conference and unveiling of a new coach.

While SAFA released a statement on reports linking Benni McCarthy with the Bafana Bafana job, Zuma believes there’s no better candidate for the job than the former Porto FC striker.    

“As somebody I played with, I saw that Benni was always someone who wanted to end up coaching. He was always interested in the tactical part of football,” Zuma told TheSouthAfrican.com.

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Zuma has been following McCarthy’s coaching career closely, and he feels what his former Bafana Bafana teammate did at Cape Town City and is currently doing at AmaZulu could benefit the country’s football.  

“At Cape Town City… not really following closely but I saw Cape Town City playing a very attacking and beautiful football.

“Right now at AmaZulu, he just changed the whole team and they are number two in the league right now. He’s doing well for himself and the South African football as well,” he added.  

“So, as South Africa, I think we have a favourable chance of building with one of our own coaches; someone who won the (UEFA) Champions League, someone who was coached by top coaches.”

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Zuma said McCarthy is his favourite for the job, adding that he’s 100 percent behind his possible appointment as Bafana Bafana coach.

“I believe he’s the number one candidate right now and my favourite. I am 100 percent behind him for this job and I hope he gets it because it’s important for the country so that he can start changing things for us and for the guys who are playing right now. I think there is going to be an improvement,” he continued.     

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Asked if the perception that McCarthy may not be ready to coach at a national team level coupled with the fact that he’s only 43-years-old, Zuma said: “I don’t know what people say. I know what Benni has done. I saw him when he was playing and winning the Champions League.

“So, I don’t know if age is a matter in what we are talking about but we need to give our people a chance,” concluded Zuma.    

SAFA upset at media leak linking Benni McCarthy to Bafana Bafana job

May 3rd 2021 at 03:38

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has moved to end speculation around who will become the next Bafana Bafana coach.

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AmaZulu boss Benni McCarthy has been hotly tipped to take up the role at the end of the current season.

AmaZulu are fighting for league honours and are currently in first place with 50 points, two clear of Mamelodi Sundows, albeit with having played three more matches.

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A SAFA media release on Sunday, read: ‘We have noted that various publications over the last week have reported the appointment of new Bafana Bafana coach as having been concluded.

‘Firstly, it was Carlos Queiroz then Pitso Mosimane and most recently AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy.

‘SAFA has always stated that the Technical Committee will submit their final recommendations to the SAFA NEC, the highest decision-making body, which will finally make the announcement once the process is concluded.

‘We note that the Benni McCarthy’s name comes at a time when AmaZulu are top of the log standings and it might appear that SAFA wants to derail the club’s good run.

‘We are happy with AmaZulu’s current good run but SAFA will announce the new incoming coach once the issue is dealt with by the NEC.’

SAFA on media speculation of new Bafana Bafana coach https://t.co/VyJYcziHEV

— SAFA.net (@SAFA_net) May 2, 2021

Just in | Benni McCarthy will be the next Bafana Bafana coach

May 2nd 2021 at 07:35

Benni McCarthy’s meteoric rise in the coaching ranks is set to be complete when he is named as the next Bafana Bafana coach on Wednesday, 5 May.

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Former Bafana Bafana striker McCarthy cut his teeth at Cape Town City FC in his first managerial role before being fired by the Cape Town side.

He then took over at KwaZulu-Natal side AmaZulu and has led them to the top of the DStv Premiership standings with just five matches remaining in the season.

McCarthy has reportedly agreed to take over as South Africa coach at the conclusion of the season (May 29) which leaves him just a WEEK to prepare the side for their first 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifier away from home against neighbours Zimbabwe.

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According to Sunday’s City Press, McCarthy will take his AmaZulu lieutenants – assistant coach Siyabonga Nomvethe and goalkeeper coach Moeneeb Josephs – as part of his negotiated package with SAFA.

That obviously doesn’t leave AmaZulu in a favourable position heading into the next season.

It must also be mentioned that McCarthy was not SAFA’s first choice – nor second choice for that matter.

Despite what the national body might say, Carlos Queiroz was their No 1 for the role and when that fell through they moved heaven and earth to land Pitso Mosimane – which also failed embarrassingly.

Good luck Benni!

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Benni McCarthy: Three pros and cons for taking the Bafana Bafana job

May 2nd 2021 at 03:57

SAFA has confirmed it has agreed terms with a new Bafana Bafana coach with speculation rife that it could be Benni McCarthy.

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On Friday SAFA sent the tails of the South African football fraternity wagging after confirming, they had finalised the contract of the new Bafana Bafana coach.

The country’s football governing body went as far as stating that they intend on making an official announcement in the coming week, with speculation rife on Saturday that it could be Amazulu coach Benni McCarthy.

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McCarthy, who remains as Bafana Bafana’s all-time leading goal scorer, has been the talk of the local football scene in recent months, with his Durban-based side picking up scintillating form which has seen Usuthu sit on top of the log at the time of writing this article, having held on to beat neighbours Golden Arrows on Saturday. But Mamelodi Sundowns, who play Orlando Pirates on Sunday afternoon will have their two games restored after full time.

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With the way he has turned Amazulu around this season, it is perhaps no surprise why McCarthy has been linked with the Bafana Bafana hot seat but is he the right man for the job? Here are three reasons why he could be, as well as three reasons why he might not be.

Pros to Benni McCarthy being Bafana Bafana coach

1. Young coach

At 43-years old McCarthy is a lot closer with regards to age, to the current generation, as opposed to the last three Bafana Bafana mentors. It is also then perhaps no coincidence that he has often appeared as close with his group of players at both Cape Town City and Amazulu.

That could be, exactly the type of figure Bafana Bafana players need at the moment with morale seemingly at an all-time low. Additionally, if Safa is serious about their long-term “visions” then maybe starting from scratch with a young squad and players who could grow together, might be the best way forward.

2. Winning momentum

Amazulu have hit the DStv Premiership League by storm this season, and their nine victories in their last 10 matches have catapulted them to being serious league contenders. McCarthy has been largely instrumental in that, as he has recruited well and to suit his image of how football should be played.

Bafana Bafana will need a coach who has a clear plan and vision as to how he wants to play football, as well as someone who can identify the correct players to fit his system. McCarthy may have shown that he already has those attributes, and that may be what attracted Safa to him if reports are to be true.

3. Stature in football

With the accolades of being the only South African to lift a Champions League trophy, as well as being Bafana Bafana’s top goal scorer, there is no doubting that McCarthy’s presence automatically demands respect in local football circles.

A lot of the players he would be calling up would either be looking up to him or have ambitions of achieving what he has in the game. That alone will have players listening attentively to every instruction he shares.

Many would argue that wouldn’t have been the case with recently fired Molefi Ntseki, with him not having the most colourful senior football CV to his name.

Cons to Benni McCarthy being Bafana Bafana coach

1. Inexperienced

The other side of being a young coach is the lack of experience it may come with. Although McCarthy has a Uefa Pro Coaching license to his name, international football is not often regarded as the most suitable environment to breed a young coach.

Young coaches also often need time to build, but Safa having disposed of two coaches in the last two years doesn’t seem like an organization that is willing to afford a Bafana Bafana coach that luxury.

2. Cape Town City tenure demise

Although McCarthy’s Amazulu has been hot form under his tutelage so far, Cape Town City was also a consistent exciting threat under the Cape Town-born mentor even winning an MTN 8 title in 2018.

But his tenure dried up very suddenly in 2019 going for large winless streaks and often cutting a frustrated figure who had ran out of plans before being shown the door.

The concern now may be that McCarthy could suffer another deflation period that could see him run out of ideas for Bafana Bafana which is the last thing the country needs at international level.

3. Club coaching career rebuild

This job offer would come at a precarious time for McCarthy, having started to repair and rebuild his coaching reputation which would’ve no doubt had a few wondering if he wasn’t just a “one-hit wonder”.

He has clearly started a project with the right ingredients to be formidable at Usuthu, so would leaving that for a potentially short international coaching career really be the best option for him?

DStv Premiership: Fixtures, results and kick-off times – 1 May 2021

May 1st 2021 at 13:15

With the 2020/21 DStv Premiership season rapidly reaching its conclusion, another bumper round of fixtures will take place over the upcoming weekend.

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Everyone is still chasing Mamelodi Sundowns atop the standings with the chasing pack looking for some favours from the Brazilians’ opponents.

At the bottom, Black Leopards have it all to do.

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DSTV PREMIERSHIP FIXTURES AND RESULTS:

FRIDAY, 30 APRIL

Maritzburg United 1-1 Swallows

SATURDAY, 1 MAY

TS Galaxy 1-0 Cape Town City

Chippa United 1-0 Stellenbosch FC

Bloemfontein Celtic 2-2 Kaizer Chiefs

Golden Arrows 0-1 AmaZulu

Tshakhuma FC 1-2 Black Leopards

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Are Safa terrified Benni McCarthy will give them hell?

May 1st 2021 at 05:12

Former Mamelodi Sundowns star Charles Motlohi has posited that the South African Football Association are afraid managing Benni McCarthy as Bafana Bafana coach will prove difficult.

There has been a groundswell of popular support for McCarthy to be named Bafana Bafana coach, but Safa have delayed confirming any appointment.

Safa terrified Benni McCarthy will give them hell

Motlohi believes that were it not for McCarthy’s history with Safa officials, the Amazulu coach would already have the job.

“Do you remember how he gave them tough time when he was still a player?” Motlohi told KickOff.com.

“He used to tell them lot of shit. Because of that they are now scared to appoint him. They think he will give them the damn, he won’t let them dictate to him. Look at the two teams he has coached so far, and they are not teams that have same material as Sundowns. But look where he put those clubs. His style of football, he knows how to identify talented players.”

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Gavin Hunt and Benni McCarthy, during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 football match between Cape Town City FC and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 2 October 2018 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

‘We don’t need people like Carlos Queiroz’

The Brazilians legend took a dim view of the notion of a foreign coach being appointed ahead of McCarthy. Motlohi also suggested that former Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler be given a role within the Bafana technical team.

“We don’t need people like Carlos Queiroz to come here, we have our own identity. We don’t have big bodies like Nigerians. Benni is similar to Ted (Dumitru), Ted knew our strength. I was confident SAFA was going for Benni. They must give him a chance and pair him with Eric Tinkler.

“What made them leave their countries if they are so good? Let me tell you something you don’t know about SAFA, they don’t want to be surrounded by those who played the game.

“Majority of the people who are there are either politicians or whatever. Even the SAFA that is here in Welkom, they will never give you a call and ask for advise. Every time I go there they act as if they’ve never heard of me.”

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Gavin Hunt and Benni McCarthy, during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 football match between Cape Town City FC and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 2 October 2018 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Bafana Bafana coach latest | Deal struck, announcement ‘next week’

April 30th 2021 at 13:15

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has finalised outstanding matters with the new incoming Bafana Bafana coach and the announcement will be made next week.

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“We have concluded and finalised all the outstanding matters and we will announce the new coach next week,” said SAFA CEO Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe.

“The two parties (SAFA and new coach) have resolved all matters and what remains now is to officially announce him next week,” added Motlanthe.

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South Africa are drawn in Group G for the 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifiers, together with Ghana, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.

Bafana Bafana kick off their World Cup campaign with an away match against Zimbabwe in the first week of June 2021.

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Safa finally net their man, new Bafana coach to be announced next week

April 30th 2021 at 14:05

Safa have revealed that they have found their man and have concluded a deal for him to take over as Bafana Bafana coach. But an officially unveiling of who it is will only be made next week.

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In a brief media statement sent out on Friday afternoon, Safa said everything was in order.

“We have concluded and finalized all the outstanding matters and we will announce the new coach next week,” said Safa CEO, Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe.

“The two parties (Safa and the new coach) have resolved all matters and what remains now is to officially announce him next week,” added Advocate Motlanthe.

Safa were initially supposed to announce the man to replace Molefi Ntseki last weekend but postponed, citing traveling issues due to Covid-19 restrictions as the reason.

But as the week went on, rumours started circulating that the coach they had approach had done a U-turn on them, and they were left clutching at straws trying to find another.

Reports coming out of Egypt suggested that Safa had tried to convince Pitso Mosimane to leave Al Ahly and come back home to coach Bafana, but refused.

The names of the likes of Carlos Queiroz, Hugo Broos and Herve Renard have been thrown around and said to have been part of the list of five recommended by Safa’s technical team after sitting through CV’s of applicants.

Mango resumes flights as feud with South Africa Airports reveals deteriorating financial position

April 28th 2021 at 11:00
Mango Airlines, the low cost arm of state-owned South African Airways, was cleared to resume flying after resolving a dispute with the country’s airports operator over non-payment of fees.

Vodacom, MTN groupings formally submit bids to enter Ethiopia

April 26th 2021 at 05:28
Ethiopia received bids for telecommunications licences from MTN Group and a consortium led by Vodafone Group, according to Brook Taye, an adviser in the finance ministry.

Safa postpone Bafana coach announcement

April 23rd 2021 at 17:23

 

The South African Football Association will not be naming the new Bafana Bafana head coach on Saturday, blaming travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

ALSO READ: Revealed – the five-man Bafana Bafana shortlist

This can only increase speculation that the new coach will be coming from overseas, with Carlos Queiroz the favourite to take over for a second spell in charge.

“The Bafana Bafana coach announcement scheduled for Saturday, 24 April 2021 has been postponed due to global Covid-19 travel issues. We will reschedule the announcement to next week and further updates will be provided here. We apologise for the inconvenience caused,” read a statement issued by Bafana Bafana’s official Twitter account.

BREAKING:The Bafana Bafana coach announcement scheduled for Saturday, 24 April 2021 has been postponed due to global Covid-19 travel issues.

We will reschedule the announcement to next week and further updates will be provided here.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) April 23, 2021

Phakaaathi had earlier learned that there was a five-man shortlist that a Safa technical committee would present to the Safa National Executive Committee on Saturday.

On that list was Queiroz, as well as Herve Renard, the former Zambia and Ivory Coast head coach, currently in charge of Saudi Arabia.

Queiroz’ advantage is that he is a free agent, having been sacked by Colombia last December. The 68 year old previously coached Bafana in the early 2000s, qualifying them for the 2002 Fifa World Cup finals, and reaching the quarterfinals of the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations.

South African airline war – Flights from R499 and dogs allowed to sit with owners

April 14th 2021 at 01:17
South African airlines are doing everything they can to attract customers, like slashing prices and allowing passengers to take their dogs on a flight with them.

Testing times for subsidiaries caught up in SAA maelstrom

April 12th 2021 at 18:01
Mango ratcheting up costs due to delays in returning leased aircraft, while SAA Technical staff are ‘very close’ to withholding their much-needed labour.

MTN values mobile money arm at R75-billion, eyes listing

April 12th 2021 at 11:00
MTN Group is valuing its mobile money arm at R75-billion, joining African wireless carriers planning to list these businesses in a region that has more mobile money accounts than anywhere else in the world.

Safaricom launches East Africa’s first 5G network

March 26th 2021 at 02:06
Kenya's biggest telecommunications operator has started trials for 5G high-speed Internet network using technology from Nokia and Huawei, it said.
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