The South African Football Association (SAFA) decided to fire national coach Molefi Ntseki after Bafana Bafana missed qualifying for the AFCON 2021 should take place next January in CameroonAfter finishing third in Group C behind Ghana and Sudan and securing the group’s qualifying places.
(Safa) CEO Teboho Motlanthe announced the news at a press conference at Safa House in Nasrec on Wednesday after South Africa’s 2-0 loss to Sudan in the final qualifying round, in which the team was eliminated from the AFCON 2021. A draw against the Sudanese could have been enough for Bafana Bafana to secure a place in the tournament.
“The decision was made around 10 o’clock. This was an NEC decision made on a round robin basis.Said CEO Motlanthe.
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The loss to Sudan put an end to hopes for Bafana Bafana
South Africa earned 10 points from 3 wins, one draw and 2 losses, while Ghana managed to top the group with 13 points. Sudan won the group’s second qualifying ticket with their win against the South Africans on the final day of qualification.
Ntseki used to be the boss of the South African U17 national team and was appointed to replace the head coach he was assistant to Stuart Baxter in late August 2019.