South Africa will name a new national coach on Saturday. Former Real Madrid manager and Manchester United deputy manager Carlos Queiroz are returning for a second term.
The 68-year-old Portuguese was responsible for Bafana Bafana for two years from 2000. He brought the team to the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations in 2002 and qualified them for the 2002 World Cup.
It was canceled prior to the World Cup in South Korea and led Portugal (2010) and Iran (2014, 2018) in later editions.
Queiroz headed Real Madrid for a year from 2003, as senior assistant to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Most recently, he was the coach of Colombia, who fired him last December when the nation was seventh in the qualifying group for the 2022 South American World Cup with 10 teams.
The South African media have chosen him as a favorite to succeed Molefi Ntseki, who was sacked after South Africa’s defeat in Sudan and was unable to qualify for the 2021 Nations Cup in Cameroon.
Ntseki had been a controversial decision as he had no senior coaching experience before replacing England-born Stuart Baxter in the top position.
South Africa starts its qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup in June with Group G games against Zimbabwe (away) and Ghana (home).
Ethiopia is also in the section and only the winners of the six-round mini-league make it to the final qualifying phase, where the two-legged playoffs determine which five African nations go to Qatar.
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