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No decision yet on new Bafana coach

The Safa NEC will meet on Saturday to announce Gordon Igesund’s successor.

Outgoing Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund.Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Football Association (Safa) President Danny Jordaan has repeated to EWN Sport that no decision has been made regarding the appointment of a new Bafana Bafana coach.

The Safa National Executive Committee (NEC) will meet on Saturday to announce the successor to outgoing coach Gordon Igesund.

Jordaan has explained there is no single candidate that has been lined up to take over.

"The fact of that matter is that Safa has never sat down to discuss the matter, that will happen on Saturday. We must convene a meeting, fly in people, prepare documents and, have a proper discussion along with recording it. That process has not yet happened."

Jordaan also explained how the process around the appointment of the new coach will be conducted.

"The Technical Committee will meet within the week and will make a recommendation to the NEC on Saturday. The NEC will then make an announcement."

Jordaan weighed in on the discussion about whether the new coach should be a South African or an overseas coach.

The Safa president said the nationality of the man to take over should not matter because what he will achieve with the team should be the main concern.

"Countries in the world are not concerned about where the coach comes from, they are more concerned about where he will take the team to. Our interest is 'tell us where you are going to take this team to'."

With many fans calling for Safa to continue putting faith in a South African coach, Jordaan gave his honest opinion on the qualifications of local coaches.

"In any country, if you don't give opportunities to local coaches, it's highly unlikely that any other country will appoint a South African coach. Not all our clubs are appointing South African coaches and that must speak to the coaches themselves that they must improve their qualifications."

With the 2015 African Cup of Nations ( Afcon) qualifiers set to begin in September, Jordaan expressed how vital it is for the new coach to get settled in as quickly as possible.

"We'll make the announcement on Saturday and bring an end to this matter because we must now focus on getting the team ready to play in the Afcon qualifiers which start on 1 September. The coach must get to work very, very soon."