THE South African Football Association (SAFA) has made three vital coaching appointments.
Free State Stars’ head coach Steve Komphela has been appointed Bafana Bafana assistant coach and, together with Brazilian Jairo Leal, will assist Senior National Team Head Coach Pitso Mosimane.
SAFA has also appointed Simon Ngomane as the head coach of the Men’s Under 17 National Team. His responsibilities will also include national talent identification and development.
Ngomane has been in charge of the CHAN team (Development Team), which will now be played by the Bafana local-based players. It will still be coached by Pitso Mosimane and his technical team.Both Komphela and Ngomane’s appointments are with immediate effect.
Completing the trio, former Men’s Under 20 National Team coach, Khabo Zondo, is in charge of the Transnet Football School of Excellence.
“We are extremely pleased to strengthen the technical team with such quality coaches and SAFA would specifically like to acknowledge Free State Stars for making a really significant contribution to the national cause at this critical stage of the season by making their coach available to Bafana Bafana,” said SAFA CEO Dr Robin Petersen.
“We are entering a crucial phase for Bafana Bafana in which we will play the first two World Cup qualifying matches in addition to commencing preparations for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations which will be hosted in South Africa,” added Petersen.
Komphela, who will remain as coach of the Free State Stars and assist Mosimane on a part-time basis, has been contracted through until the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Mosimane played alongside Komphela in the 1993 Bafana team, and also worked together with him in the pre-Parreira Bafana Bafana coaching era. The Senior Men’s National Team mentor said he was delighted to be able to partner again with Komphela.
“We share the same football philosophy and vision, having played and coached together. Steve brings extra passion, determination, skills and insights and is respected by the players. I am delighted to have him in my technical team,” said Mosimane.