Covid-19 is delaying the appointment of the South African coach

Issued on: 24/04/2021 – 14:06

Johannesburg (AFP)

The announcement of a new coach for the South African soccer team planned for Saturday has been postponed to next week due to “global Covid-19 travel problems”, the national association said.

Former Real Madrid manager and two times Manchester United deputy manager Carlos Queiroz is the favorite for the sacking of Molefi Ntseki just over a month before the start of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in South Africa.

Bafana Bafana (The Boys) will play away against Zimbabwe between June 5th and 8th and Ghana between June 11th and 14th at home. Ethiopia completes Group G and only the winners advance to the final qualifying stage.

Queiroz coached South Africa for two years from 2000, leading them to the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations in 2002 in Mali and to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea.

Sacked ahead of the World Cup, he assisted legendary Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson on both sides of a period responsible for 13-time record European champions Real Madrid.

Queiroz then moved from coaching clubs to national teams, leading Portugal (2010) and Iran (2014, 2018) in consecutive World Cup tournaments.

His last post was coaching Colombia, which fired him four months ago after falling to seventh place in the South American qualifying group for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

South Africa has not lived up to expectations since winning the Cup of Nations in 1996 only four years after a multi-year ban on international football triggered by apartheid.

They were 15th in the African rankings in April and 75th in the world.

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