The news comes after SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani announced, during a press conference at OR Tambo International Airport, that they will rope in a third assistant to help Bafana in preparation for the World Cup 2010.
Nematandani revealed yesterday that Carlos Alberto Parreira had signed
a nine-month contract to return as national team coach, paving the way
for Hunt to take over after the World Cup.
“It was our wish to have a local person coach the national team, but we
only have eight months to go to the World Cup and there is no time for
experimenting, so we went for experience,” the SAFA president stated.
“Also, it is Parreira’s programme that the national team is following,
so it’s only fair and wise that he returns to continue with it. But the
meeting has agreed in principle that the next Bafana Bafana coach, after
the World Cup, will be one of our own,” he added.
A SAFA official, who wanted to remain anonymous, told KickOff.com
that Hunt has agreed to take the position as Bafana assistant coach,
but an announcement will only be made after the governing body have met
SuperSport and granted him permission to serve on the technical team.
“We have agreed, in principle, that Gavin Hunt is going to take over as
Bafana Bafana coach after the World Cup. We are still to meet with
SuperSport to allow him to be assistant coach; in the meantime,
Parreira is in charge of the national team for the 2010 World Cup,” the
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com