Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has reportedly turned down a request to take over SA’s national team, Bafana Bafana.
Mosimane, who’s now the head coach of Egyptian giants Al Ahly, appears settled in North Africa and is not keen on a return to Bafana.
He was Bafana coach from 2010 – 2012, having previously served as an assistant from 2007 culminating in his role at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, played on home soil.
A proud South African, “Jingles”, however, is not tempted to return home.
It’s believed that SA’s sports ministry has been in contact with the former Mamelodi Sundowns coach to return home and take over the national team, but he’s turned down their advances at this stage.
This would explain why the SA Football Association (SAFA) failed to announce the new coach on Saturday as intended, citing difficulties in the travel space.
“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,” SAFA announced.
“We apologize for the inconvenience caused.”
The sports ministry is thought to have not given up on Mosimane yet and it’s likely there would be further engagements, but as things stand, Mosimane is not moved.
Meanwhile, former Bafana coach Carlos Queiroz is also linked with a return to the hot seat.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa