The South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Tebogo Motlanthe has announced that Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has been fired following the national team’s failure to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) to be staged in Cameroon.
The announcement was made by the association at Safa House in Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon.
Ntseki, who had admitted that he “fired as Bafana coach” is sacked after a year and a half at the helm as he took over from predecessor Stuart Baxter.
Bafana suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Sudan on Sunday in Omdurman – a result that saw them finish third in their Afcon qualifiers group, behind Ghana and Sudan. It is worth noting that a draw would have seen the South African reach the tournament finals in Cameroon in January and February next year.
Safa CEO Motlanthe said that the National Executive Committee (NEC) have voted in favour of parting ways with Ntseki, who had been mandated to qualify for Afcon 2021.
“We are here to convey the message of the NEC, who have mandated us to apologise to the nation on their behalf for the teams’ failure to qualify for the upcoming Afcon,” said Motlanthe.
“The decision was taken at about 10 am. This was an NEC decision; it was taken in a round-robin.
“Everyone worked around the clock to ensure we would qualify. Emotionally, it has affected the country. The expectation was we would qualify and do well in the finals.”
“[As such] the NEC has responded in favour of parting ways with the coach. The Technical Committee will give us direction on what will happen now [with a new coach] but we hope to reconvene next week to deliver the process going forward,” added the Safa CEO.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
at Safa House, Johannesburg.