South Africa’s FA has announce a new coach for the Bafana Bafana. Stuart Baxter’s replacement Molefi Ntseki was appointed on Saturday.
Molefi Ntseki has never played professional football, and has never served on the bench of an elite club. His appointment is a real surprise in the country.
After the resignation of the much criticized Baxter following a disappointing run at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt, Ntseki, his assistant during the competition feels he has confidently learned over the years and is set to take the top job.
Ntseki was picked from a list of South African top flight coaches more expected than him, including Benni McCarthy (Cape Town City), Gavin Hunt (Bidvest Wits) and Steve Komphela (Golden Arrows).
McCarthy and Kompela are former glories of the South African national team, and Hunt has won the South African Premiership 4 times as a coach, a record.
“I think I’m ready to coach the national team,” said Ntseki the day before the announcement. “I did my apprenticeship as close as I could to this demanding position, and it’s time for me to move up to the next level,” he added.
This former school teacher was previously in charge of the women’s national team in South Africa and the country’s U17s, and was the assistant to three Bafana-Bafana coaches, including Baxter, his predecessor.
His first challenge as a national team coach will come in on September 7 in a friendly against Zambia in Lusaka.