Molefi Ntseki has his back against the wall with a bunch of football-loving South Africans and critics questioning whether he is the right man to coach Bafana Bafana.
The South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan has ruled out Ntseki going anywhere from his coaching job any time soon despite Bafana’s lacklustre performances in recent friendly internationals against neighbours Namibia and Zambia.
While confidence in Ntseki is waning with a record of two defeats, two victories and a draw in his five matches in charge, Jordaan is pleading with the country to be patient with the pressured mentor and his Bafana side ahead of next month’s back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Sao Tome and Principe.
Jordaan even went as far as comparing Ntseki, the man he has so much faith in to arguably the best coach in the country, Pitso Mosimane, who recently made history by becoming the first non-Egyptian African coach to lead Cairo giants Al Ahly and won the 2019/20 PSL Coach of the Season after winning a treble with Mamelodi Sundowns.
The Safa President believes Ntseki will get the better of Sao Tome home and away in November.
“Well, I think that it’s the life of coaches in this country. We’ve seen all coaches go through a rough patch and the same thing happened to our best coach Pitso Mosimane,” said Jordaan.
“We gave Mosimane [ex-SA coach] a chance to prove himself with Bafana, and we must do the same thing for Ntseki. Today, Pitso is celebrated as a national hero.
“Let us give coach Ntseki space and time to beat Sao Tome home and away and qualify for the Afcon finals, and then the fans will be happy again,” he added.
“Ntseki is quite aware of the relationship between fans and coaches. I believe in him and know that he will help Bafana to qualify for the Cameroon tournament,” concluded the Safa President.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
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