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Queiroz to commit to Iran

Iran’s Tehran Times reported Carlos Queiroz will commit himself as the Iranian head coach.

Iran’s Portugese coach Carlos Queiroz speaks during a press conference at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador on 24 June, 2014, on the eve of their 2014 Fifa World Cup Group F match against Bosnia-Hercegovina. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Carlos Queiroz will extend his contract as head coach of the Iranian national team on Thursday, Iran's _Tehran Times _reported late Monday evening.

According to the head of the Iranian Football Federation (IFF), Queiroz will continue as Iran's coach, a role he has occupied since 2011.

The former Manchester United assistant has been strongly linked with the vacant Bafana Bafana post, a position he held between 2000 and 2002.

His contract with Iran ended after the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil in which Iran finished last in group F.

On 20 June, Queiroz told the media he was stepping down for Iran.

Queiroz said he had not received any single concrete or attractive proposal to stay on, but the Iranian federation announced it had reached an agreement with him.

As Bafana coach, Queiroz successfully guided South Africa to qualify for the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations and 2002 Fifa World Cup, but resigned from the post before the start of the global spectacle, following public fallout with South African Football Association (Safa) hierarchy.

Safa are due to announce Gordon Igesund's replacement as Bafana head coach before the end of the month.