Chiefs’ Steenbok Amongst Favourites For SAFA TD
By Velile Mnyandu (@Velile_Mnyandu)
Kaizer Chiefs head of scouting Walter Steenbok, has emerged as one of the favourites for the vacant South African Football Association (SAFA) Technical Director (TD) position according to impeccable sources close to the process.
Steenbok, who is also a former Mamelodi Sundowns chief scout, is believed to have hugely impressed the independent company that was tasked by SAFA to conduct interviews on a transparent and fair process to come up with the best candidate to drive the technical vision of the local football mother body forward.
SAFA has been without a permanent TD since the departure of former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey, following the expiry of his five-year contract in June last year, head of coaching education Frans Mogashoa has been acting in this position since Tovey’s departure.
Some of the candidates believed to have done well during this process run by the independent panel, include current Mauritius Football Association (MFA) TD Zunaid Mall, who was also the technical advisor to the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) and a former SAFA technical officer in Gauteng Joe de Oliviera.
But Steenbok (49), who is also the former coach of Basotho Tigers (NFD)and Benoni Premier United (PSL) is said to have top scored by a huge margin after giving an impressive presentation on the future of South African football to the independent panel, outlining key areas of critical importance, which included women’s football, grassroots and high performance programme and integration of sports science and modern coaching.
The author of Football Scouting Bible, a book mainly focused on scouting in South African and African football, also has strong academic credentials which are a requirement for this critical position at the FA. He has just completed a Masters Degree in Sport Directorship from Manchester Metropolitan University and has a CAF A coaching license and CAF coaching instructor certificate.
According to SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe, more than 100 candidates applied for this position which was advertised externally last month and three candidates have since been shortlisted.
“Like I did with all staff I put TD for last, because I need to also get the technical input because when you get a TD, it must be someone who understand where the association is going. So I got three shortlisted names. And hopefully I’ll sit with the technical committee this weekend, we finalize that appointment, because I can safely tell you that our restructuring, our old section 189 process is 99% done. We tried to reduce salaries while we protect jobs at all cost.
“All of them South Africans, all of them top candidates within their own rights, it’s just for the technical committee to also say these are the people we want, who can take us forward. Then once we have agreed we are on the same page with the technical committee will make the announcement,” said Motlanthe about the process being followed.
Motlanthe, who is on a mission to bring in a breath of fresh air in his staff complement at SAFA, with a mix of youth and world class administrators, said this appointment of the TD should be finalized by the end of this week, and the SAFA NEC will have the final word on ratifying the appointment.
“I’m not a technical person as you know, but these are good names. Well, I looked at the CVs the standard is high. So it’s just for technical committee to say, do we have the right person or must we go again and interview people interview people. The candidates, they are a very big secret. They don’t even know they’re shortlisted as we speak,” concluded Motlanthe.
With amateur football and schools football back in full operation around the country, SAFA is in serious need of addressing its technical leadership and run clear programmes that will see the local football associations and regions feeding to the national teams and also improve the standard of coaching as well, in order to help and produce quality talent that can make it in top leagues globally.