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Bafana Bafana: Early favourites to replace Stuart Baxter as head coach

14:50 GMT+3 03/08/2019
South Africa v Morocco July 2019 - Stuart Baxter
Goal takes a look at early candidates to possibly for the now vacant position as coach of the South African national team

  • Gavin Hunt, Bidvest Wits

    Gavin Hunt - Bidvest Wits

    Gavin Hunt has emerged as one of the early candidates to take over from Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana. 

    Over the years, football fans around the country have backed the South African Football Association (Safa) to give the current Bidvest Wits boss a chance. 

    Hunt is one of the most successful football coaches in South Africa, having won four league titles and several knockout competitions with various clubs, including SuperSport United, Wits and Moroka Swallows. 

  • Pitso Mosimane of Mamelodi Sundowns August 2018

    Pitso Mosimane - Mamelodi Sundowns

    Pitso Mosimane was with Bafana Bafana for six years between 2006 and 2012, and a section of fans wants him to return to the national team hot-seat.  

    He was seen addressing Bafana players some time ago in Durban after being invited to the dressing room by Baxter, fueling speculation he could consider going back.

    While Mosimane's relationship with Safa had an ugly ending as he dragged the organisation to court in 2012, one cannot rule out the possibility of him returning to the seat he once occupied. 

    Mosimane is regarded as one of the best coaches on the African continent following his success with Mamelodi Sundowns in the Caf Champions League three years ago.  

  • Benni McCarthy, Cape Town City

    Benni McCarthy - Cape Town City

    Benni McCarthy had his ups and downs with Safa during his playing days, but he gave his all for the South African senior national team. 

    He went into coaching soon after retiring from professional football, and he has been one of the brightest young coaches in South Africa since joining Cape Town City

    Some feel McCarthy is still too young and inexperienced to coach Bafana, while others have tipped him to succeed as a coach. 

    At 41, Benni still has a long way to go, but as ambitious as he is, things could turn out well for him. 

  • Steve Komphela, Golden Arrows

    Steve Komphela - Golden Arrows

    Steve Komphela was with the national team twice before as an assistant and interim coach. 

    Reports suggest some members of the technical committee want him to take over, for now, as they search for a permanent coach. 

    Komphela coached the SA U23 team before, and his biggest break came at Kaizer Chiefs, where he spent almost three seasons.  

  • Adel Amrouche of Kenya and Stephen Ocholla of Ulinzi Stars.

    Adel Amrouche - Unattached

    The former Kenyan senior national team coach has reportedly been interviewed for the Bafana Bafana job. 

    This was before Baxter announced his resignation, and he's currently clubless after leaving MC Alger in March this year.

    If the reports prove to be true, then Amrouche could soon be the Bafana Bafana coach.