Samson Siasia has reportedly been omitted from the shortlist of candidates for the vacant South Africa’s Bafana Bafana job.
The developments came just days after the former Super Eagles manager missed out on the vacant Rwanda job and Orlando Pirates manager’s post, which has been given to 54-year-old Swede Kjell Jonevret.
Siasia was one of the 62 coaches who submitted their CVs to the South African Football Association to be considered for the Bafana role, which has been vacant since Ephraim Mashaba was fired in December last year for misconduct‚ insubordination and violating SAFA’s communications policy.
And SAFA last week set up a committee, including Bafana greats Lucas Radebe, Benni McCarthy and Neil Tovey, to help in finding a coach for the national team.
SAFA Chief Executive Officer Dennis Mumble confirmed on Tuesday that the committee had recommended five of the coaches who applied for the job.
“We’ve got a shortlist, we’re down to five (candidates),” Mumble was quoted by Kickoff as saying.
“We can’t tell you the names yet because we still have to speak to them – we haven’t spoken to them.”
However, reports in the South African media on Tuesday listed Belgian coach Hugo Broos‚ who guided Cameroon to glory at the Gabon 2017 Africa Nations Cup, Morocco’s French coach Herve Renard, who led Zambia to their 2012 AFCON triumph and helped and Ivory Coast to become African champions for the second time in 2015‚ former Real Madrid manager Carlos Queiroz, Stuart Baxter and former England manager Roy Hodgson as the coaches who made the shortlist for the job.
Our correspondent learnt that 64-year-old Bross is the clear favourite for the post as SAFA wants a manager who has won the Africa Cup of Nations. Herve also has a chance to seal the job.
“Absolutely, we said we have a target, and we are confident that we are going to conclude our search by the end of the month,” Mumble said.
“Out of the five, I’m sure we are going to come up with one. My task now is to go and get some of the basic terms, articulate it to the candidates that we’ve identified, that we want to approach.”
With South Africa job hopes gone, former Nigeria forward Siasia will turn his attention to other parts of the continent for a job.
A number of national coaches’ jobs are under threat following their teams’ poor performances at the Gabon 2017 AFCON. Callisto Pasuwa was sacked following Zimbabwe’s group stage exit at the tournament.
Mali’s French manager Alan Girese’s job is also under threat following his team’s poor showing in Gabon.
Ghana are also seeking a replacement for Israeli coach Avram Grant, who called it quits with the Black Stars after they finished fourth in Gabon.
Siasia, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone on Tuesday, expressed his disappointment over the development.
“Yes, I’m disappointed but I wish them luck,” the former Lokeren star, who is currently out of work after helping Nigeria win bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s football event, said.
“They probably prefer white coaches and I don’t have any problem with that.
“I will take any opportunity that comes my way – to coach a foreign team.”
The Tunisia ’94 Africa Cup of Nations winner added, “My agent is exploring other opportunities and it depends on what he gets. I have no regrets applying for the job.”