Aisha Endale NJEBA (intern)
The country is still in search of a coach barely 53 days to the start of the 2016 AFCON in November 19, 2016.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) is yet to find a new coach to help the country stage a good performance in the upcoming tournament in Cameroon. After the disastrous participation of the Banyana Banyana at the just ended 2016, Rio Olympics, Dutch coach Vera Pauw contract expired less than 53 days to the start of the competition according to South African media. Haven been one of the continent’s representatives alongside Zimbabwe at the Summer Olympics, the Banyana Banyana emerged last of Group E with one point. They conceded a 2-0 defeat against China, a 1-0 loss against Switzerland and finally drew a one all against Brazil. It is not the first time, the announcement is made by Vera Pauw, as in 2014, after the AFCON she decided to end her career in a press conference.
According to experts, the appointment of a head coach is not disputed as the timing is imperative in order to get the Banyana Banyana on the road again, with a full-time head coach. Football pundits want the new coach be a national and preferably a woman and the names of Sheryl Botes, Maud Khumalo, Anna Monate, and Thinasonke Mbuli, among others are being mentioned as potential successors. SAFA announced on Monday, September 26 via Twitter the appointment of Desiree Ellis but later on deleted the tweet. Time is not however on the side of the SAFA as a quick solution must be found in order to solve this problem to enable the team start camping in view of the continental event come November 19 in Yaounde; when they play their first game against Zimbabwe.