Safa play waiting game for Bafana's next coach

A source close to Safa says although rumours and speculation persist that Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund will be excused as national coach, Safa has yet to discuss the matter

The South African Football Association (Safa) are no closer to making a decision on the Bafana Bafana head coaching position, a source close the the footballing body said on Tuesday.

The individual, who wishes not to be named, confirmed that Safa were in no rush to replace current coach Gordon Igesund, but an approach for a new coach could also not be ruled out.

“Safa are not going to be hurried into making a rash decision,” the source told Goal today.

“They (Safa) need time to make the best decision for the country and if that means a bit of a wait, then so be it.”

Igesund’s contract is due to expire in June this year and speculation remains that he will not be offered an extension of any kind, and will be replaced as soon as the contract has run its course.

“Gordon [Igesund] has been discussed by the Safa executive committee, but whether or not to extend his contract remains up in the air,” the source continues to Goal.

“He has not fulfilled on the mandates handed to him, but whether he will be excused before the contract runs out will not be an issue Safa is likely to discuss for the foreseeable future.”

Rumours also persist that former Bafana coach Carlos Queiroz is in line to land the job when Igesund departs, though no clear intent has been shown by Safa to suggest this is the case, the source believes.

“As we all know, Carlos seems to be the name on everybody’s lips, but Safa do not want to be drawn into a commitment that they will bring him out here,” the source explains.

“As things stand, on all fronts, everything is quiet and no way forward has been set in stone.”