Africa

Bafana Bafana Coach Sacked After Poor AFCON Qualification Campaign

South Africa Men’s national team head coach Molefi Ntseki has been axed.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) confirmed the proceedings on Wednesday afternoon.

Nteki is understood to have been let go of following the team’s failure to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Ntseki has been shown the exit after just nine games in charge of the Bafana Bafana.

The 1996 AFCON winners fell at the final hurdle after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Sudan on Sunday, in a match from which all they needed was a draw to book their spot in Cameroon.

The poor display is understood to have left South Africa embarrassed once again as they failed to qualify for the continental showpiece for a fourth time in the last seven editions.

Following a meeting on Tuesday, it is reported that things turned sour as Ntseki refused to resign from his position, prompting the SAFA hierarchy to take stern action in terminating his contract.

The 51-year-old also made things difficult for himself after openly stating “I have failed as a coach”, in his post-match interview with the Bafana media team.

Calls from outside have already mentioned the likes of Benni McCarthy, Shakes Mashaba, Carlos Queiroz and even Muhsin Ertugral.

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