By Boris Esono N – Cameroon
After failing to qualify South Africa for next year’s edition of the Total Africa Cup of Nations, Molefi Ntseki has been sacked as coach of the South African men’s national football team, Bafana Bafana.
The dismissal of the Coach comes after South Africa was beaten by Sudan in their last qualifying game where they needed just a point to qualify for the Cameroon expedition.
It was a poor final two qualifying games for Bafana Bafana who could only muster a point from their last two games. The team has earlier draw 1-1 with Ghana.
Ntseki was appointed to lead South Africa in August 2019 with the hope of qualifying for the AFCON.
But that is remains only a dream as the country missed out on the opportunity to make its back-to-back AFCON appearances after participating in the the 2019 edition in Egypt where they were eliminated at the quarter-finals by Nigeria.
Ntseki described Bafana Bafana’s crumble against Sudan as a ‘dent to the country’s image’ and ‘a disappointment to every South African’ adding that as coaches they were aware of the ‘emotional pain’ they have caused to the country.
“Not qualifying has dented our image, our possibilities,” Ntseki told BBC Sport Africa. “As passionate South Africans, the expectation was for Bafana Bafana to qualify for AFCON – and maybe to do better than the last time. The disappointment goes to every South African.”
“As players, as coaches, we are very much aware of the emotional pain we have caused all South Africans.”
“It was a very big setback for us to concede two goals in the first half,” he said. We missed chances. On the day we could not get a goal or see ourselves getting an equaliser,” he said.
It should be recalled that South Africa finished on the third spot with 10 points in Group C.
Ntseki was appointed Bafana Bafana head coach in September 2019 replacing Stuart Baxter who left the role after the AFCON.
South Africa will now turn its focus on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers that kick off in June and run up to March next year.
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