Keshi or Queiroz for Bafana job




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bid for vacant Bafana Bafana coaching position is believed be a two-horse race which will be settled at SA Football Association’s (Safa) headquarters in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Since soccer body’s decision not renew Gordon Igesund’s contract beyond August, speculation about replacement has centred on Carlos Queiroz and Stephen Keshi.
When Keshi’s Nigeria met Queiroz’s Iran in opening Group-F game at this year’s in Brazil, there little separate them. The contest ended in a goalless stalemate.
Many South Africans, however, looked on keenly and watched as Keshi and Queiroz battled it for the first points of the group.
Both Keshi and Queiroz announced their departures from their teams after exiting the tournament.
This sparked rumours and soon Safa president Danny Jordaan pressured into making a number of statements denying any deals had been struck.
A host of potential suitors, which at one point included Manchester United flop David Moyes, were short-listed ahead of Saturday’s highly-anticipated announcement.
Four stand- contenders remain, including Dutchman Frank Rijkaard and the only South African candidate Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba.
Mashaba would be a welcome choice for many South Africans, who have bemoaned Safa’s lack of trust in South African expertise.
Mashaba, like Queiroz, enjoyed a successful spell the team and will take charge for a second time should he be picked. role as of the South African -20 and -23 teams could prove to be undoing.[eap_ad_2]
Safa is happy the teams’ progress Mashaba and upsetting the junior structures is unlikely to be a decision the mother body will happily make.
Rijkaard remains the outsider and has received little or no attention regarding a proposed move to South Africa. The Dutchman rose to prominence while in charge of Spanish giants Barcelona between 2003 and 2008.
He has not taken charge of a major national team or club since he dismissed as Saudi Arabia’s after the Arab failed to qualify for the 2014 .
The Iranian Football Federation has made repeated claims that Queiroz has been in talks to renew contract the Arab .
The technical tasked with making a recommendation narrowed down its list of earlier this week.
Jordaan said Queiroz could be ruled of the race due to his wage demands, which are believed to be more than four times what Igesund earned during his two-year stint.
Keshi, meanwhile, has been given the green light to start negotiating a new contract with the Nigerian Football Association (NFF). It was reportedly willing to bow to his demands and offer the former Nigerian international a lucrative new deal.
Thursday’s claims that Keshi will hold talks with the NFF may have swung the momentum slightly towards Queiroz.
Whatever Safa’s decision on Saturday, the new Bafana mentor will have to hit the ground running as South Africa begin their campaign to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of in less than two . (supersport.com)[eap_ad_3]