Sunday Tribune

Some who felt the sting

- NKARENG MATSHE and JONTY MARK

FIFTEEN men have held the poison chalice that is the Bafana Bafana coaching job since re-admission to internatio­nal football.

Some of them have had more than one tenure in the position. Jomo Sono was in charge three times for an overall record of seven wins in 19 games.

Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba had two spells in the job for an overall record of 12 wins in 20 outings and Carlos Albert Parreira returns now for his second stint as well, having won nine games in 21 starts so far.

Parreira replaces fellow Brazilian Joel Santana whose Bafana Bafana teamwon 10 times out of 27.

Of the 15 national coaches, eight have been South Africans and seven foreigners.

The longest serving and most successful coach was Clive Barker. Between March 1994 and December 1997, he managed Bafana Bafana 43 times, from which he won 22 games and lost 12.

The highlight of Barker’s tenure was victory in the 1996 African Nations Cup.

At that point, South Africa occupied 16th place on the Fifa World Rankings – their alltime high – but today are in 85th spot.

Barker was paid a salary of R12 500 a month when he led Bafana to victory in the Nations Cup.

For the last 12 months of his career he did, however, negotiate a rather better deal of R100 000 a month.

It is claimed that one of the reasons Safa sacked Barker was for being greedy. Parreira is reputedly being paid R1.8 million a month.

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