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Official: SAFA Make Ntseki Decision

SAFA have announced that they have officially parted ways with the former Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki, ending speculation about the ex-coach’s future.

Belgian Hugo Broos was announced as Ntseki’s replacement yesterday, but rumours stated that Ntseki would potentially become his assistant.

Broos announced at his unveiling that he will have a “South African assistant coach” but it is now unclear who will take over that role.

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On Thursday, however, SAFA confirmed that they have agreed to part ways.

SAFA’s official statement:

“The South African Football Association (SAFA) together with coach Molefi Ntseki have officially agreed to part ways amicably, following the senior national team’s failure to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon),” the statement read.

“Ntseki, who was appointed as Bafana Bafana head coach back in August 2019 after playing an assistant role to previous coach Stuart Baxter for two years where they reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 Afcon, leaves the association after overseeing nine international matches. “

“Under Ntseki’s watchful eye, Bafana Bafana won four, drew two and lost three of the nine international matches played. 

“Prior to being the senior national team coach, the Free-State born coach enjoyed a good stint with South African junior national teams including guiding the SA U17 team (Amajimbos) to the 2015 Fifa World Cup in Chile. He also helped Amajimbos qualify for the 2015 U17 Afcon Tournament, where he finished as runners-up to Mali, thus earning a ticket to Chile. Ntseki was also the U23 assistant coach.”

“SAFA thank Ntseki for his contribution to the association over the years.”

It is unclear whether both parties agreed on a settlement fee, with Ntseki still having over 18 months left on his contract and believed to earn R6 million per annum.