PHOTO: Ruud Krol (Chris Ricco/BackpagePix)
CAPE TOWN – Former Orlando Pirates coach Ruud Krol will lead Bafana Bafana.
According to a report from Mail and Guardian, the former Zamalek mentor will take over the coaching responsibilities at South Africa’s senior men’s team.
Safa president Danny Jordaan is expected to unveil the new Bafana Bafana coach next week following a lengthy search for Shakes Mashaba’s replacement.
Mashaba was axed by Safa in December of 2016 when he was found guilty of misconduct following his utterances towards Safa officials after his side beat Senegal 2-1.
“He has coached in his native Holland. But he has also worked mainly in Africa since 1994 when he took charge of the Egyptian U-23’s and later the senior team, and what appears to have given him an added advantage is that he is available to start working without delay,” said a source to The Mail & Guardian.
“Safa stated openly when they advertised the post that the criteria required for a successful Bafana Bafana coach would be an intimate and extensive knowledge of the African game.
“The criteria as elucidated by Safa goes on to point out that the successful candidate must have an excellent understanding of the South African playing philosophy, or playing style, as some people like to describe our approach to the game.
“In fact, it goes on to explain that he must have international coaching experience with a good track record allied to a vision and passion for football development and good player management to complete Safa’s Vision 2022.”