Bafana Bafana have been without a permanent coach since Shakes Mashaba was given the boot in December of 2016.
In the interim, South Africa under-23 coach Owen Da Gama has been instructed to fill the void until a new coach is identified.
However, following Bafana Bafana’s comfortable 3-1 victory over Guinea-Bissau, the South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan has urged the public to remain patient as the new coach is set to be named soon after Tuesday’s encounter with Angola in East London.
“I think the mistake we made was that we told you in the beginning that we had 65 applications and walked you through the process‚” Jordaan said.
“And as we went down from 65 to 20 to five that’s where the momentum came. And then we could not disrupt the selection of the teams and bring uncertainty into these two matches (against Guinea-Bissau and Angola).
“These matches were important as preparation for the Cape Verde match in the World Cup.
“But the one thing that is very clear is that Bafana Bafana is one of the most desired jobs as a coach from all over the world,” Jordaan added.
“Yesterday (Saturday) and today (Sunday) I got more CVs.
"And people saying just look again. And I said‚ ‘No man‚ the process is closed and the media will fight us if we say it’s open again’."
Despite the delay in naming a new coach, Jordaan is adamant that Safa has identified the new coach and it is now just a matter of making it official.
“We must close it now and make the announcement‚ and we will make the announcement,” Jordaan said.
“But we have also departed from the process where just officials make the decision.
"We have Benni McCarthy‚ Neil Tovey‚ Farouk Khan and Lucas Radebe (on Safa’s technical committee)‚ who sifted through the names and decided who the coach should be.
“And there’s an agreement on who the coach is now. It is just to sign the details.
“We hope that it is soon after the Angola match that we ask you to wait no longer,” Jordaan concluded.