Safa yet to find the right man to lead Bafana Bafana

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Mumble confirmed that they have not reached an agreement with anyone, saying four coaches are in the running for the vacant position at Bafana Bafana

The naming of the new Bafana Bafana coach could take longer than expected with the South African Football Association (Safa) still undecided on their man. 

According to CEO Dennis Mumble, four coaches are still in the running for the plum job, but didn't want to reveal their names.

"You know that there were five on the list, and we've been working from those five – that's really what we have," Mumble told reporters at the OR Tambo Airport on Wednesday.

"Out of those five, one has already fallen off the list. So, it's a matter of trying to finalise with the others to see who we can strike the best deal with," he said. 

"I don't want to give names. I don't want to compromise people because then you guys will go and hound them," he added. 

Bafana Bafana have been without a permanent coach since the country's FA sacked Shakes Mashaba in December 2016. 

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Several high-profile coaches, including Ruud Krol, Herve Renard and Stuart Baxter, have been linked with the job, but with Safa still negotiating with the candidates, the saga could continue for the next few weeks. 

Meanwhile, Mumble revealed that their case with Mashaba will resume next week, and said the association was confident of winning the legal battle against the outspoken 66-year-old coach.

Mashaba took Safa to the CCMA, claiming that his dismissal as head coach of Bafana was unfair.  

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