Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki who has been working on his previous terms as an assistant coach has finally signed a new contract as the head honcho of the South Africa Senior Men’s Team, his agent‚ Thato Matuka‚ confirmed.
Matuka‚ who met with new Safa acting chief executive Gay Mokoena on Thursday‚ said the deal was finalised on Tuesday.
The 50-year old Ntseki had initially remained on his contract with the South Africa Football Association that had seen him serve as national Under-17 coach‚ and also as assistant to his predecessor Stuart Baxter.
“We actually sealed it yesterday [Tuesday]. We had pretty much agreed on a deal on Thursday‚ but there was just one outstanding matter that both parties had to go back and investigate‚ consult and come back on. That has been resolved,” Matuka said.
Ntseki has thus far taken charge of three international matches for South Africa winning two against Mali in the Nelson Mandela Challenge and Sudan in Afcon 2021 qualifiers and losing the opening 2021 Afcon qualifier against Ghana.
Details of the contract duration are yet to be confirmed, but initial indications point to a contract lapsing till the end of the 2022 Fifa World Cup.
Whether Ntseki will be allowed to chose his backroom staff is also still a mystery for now meaning Arthur Zwane remains Ntseki’s assistant with former Bafana Bafana coach Trott Moloto also remained fixated on the team’s technical advisor role.
By Gerald Dandah