Queiroz? Where is fair play?

The five-man short list for Bafana coach in­cludes some ques­tion­able choices

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

De­spite Fifa al­ways preach­ing fair play, there is ab­so­lutely no fair play in the beau­ti­ful game. If there was, Car­los Queiroz and Roy Hodg­son would not have made the short list for the Bafana Bafana coach­ing job. But that is not the case as the Mozam­bique-born Queiroz and English­man Hodg­son have made the cut to be in­cluded in the five-man short list.

In fact, it should not come as a sur­prise if Queiroz gets the nod.

Com­pared with other con­tenders, Queiroz’s and Hodg­son’s CVs do not come close to those of Hervé Re­nard, Hugo Broos and Stu­art Baxter, if the SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) cri­te­ria for the job are to be fol­lowed to the let­ter.

But the fact that Queiroz is close to the as­so­ci­a­tion’s lead­er­ship makes him a favourite for the job. The for­mer Por­tu­gal coach last coached on the con­ti­nent back in 2000 when he was in charge of Bafana Bafana, and his knowl­edge of the coun­try and play­ers could be mis­guided.

With two Africa Cup of Na­tions ti­tles un­der his belt, Re­nard should au­to­mat­i­cally get the nod ahead of the oth­ers on the short list.

The French­man has al­ready proven him­self on the con­ti­nent af­ter win­ning the cham­pi­onship with Zam­bia and Côte d’Ivoire. He is also clued up on South African foot­ball con­di­tions as his Zam­bia side al­ways had camps in the coun­try and played friendly games against lo­cal sides. More­over, the Zam­bian style of play and player physique is sim­i­lar to that of the South Africans, and it won’t be a mis­sion to man­age South African play­ers.

Broos, who has just won the Na­tions Cup with Cameroon, also fits the bill and should be con­sid­ered if Re­nard is not avail­able.

The Bel­gian showed his shrewd­ness when he guided the un­fan­cied In­domitable Li­ons against all odds. Un­less he wants to go to the Fifa Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup in Rus­sia in June, he should be a se­ri­ous con­tender.

Then there is Baxter, who is not new to the po­si­tion. Hav­ing been there, done that and left un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously, Baxter finds him­self in the mix of things, and right­fully so. The Su­per­Sport United coach knows South African play­ers in­side out and should fancy his chances – if his club agrees to re­lease him.

The se­lec­tion panel will meet to­day to de­cide on their pre­ferred can­di­date and the new coach could be an­nounced be­fore the end of the week.

The new coach should be in charge of Bafana’s friendly games against An­gola and Guinea-Bis­sau next month.

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