The governing body of the country’s football hopes that an experienced and skilled team will be in charge when the World Cup qualifiers begin.
Safa chief executive officer Tebugo Motelnte has confirmed that senior national team head coach Hugo Bruce has yet to pay his first monthly salary.
Belgian strategist Bafana Bafana was officially appointed as the new head coach on May 5 – he was replaced by local mentor Molfi Entsky, who failed to lead the team to the final of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.
However, Bruce Cowade returned home to take his second dose of 19 vaccines and recalled the friendly match of Bafana against Uganda, which was to be the team’s first match in charge.
Bafana is currently competing in the 2021 Cosfa Cup under caretaker coach Morena Ramorboli, while Bruce’s local assistant Hellman Makhli took a positive test for the Cove 19 last week.
“When we hired Hugo Bruce as Bafana Bafana coach; we never made it a secret that he had his first Coved-19 pocket in his home country and he would go back to second.” Soviet.
“After we got the second coercion, we said they would return to South Africa and when the borders on this side of the Netherlands opened, they would be allowed to enter the country,” he said. Only then will its contract officially begin. “
Motlante revealed that Bruce’s five-year contract with Safa will only begin when he returns to South Africa when he was due to travel with Bafana to launch the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in September this year.
“When he first came here, what we agreed with him was that he was going to sign an agreement. But that agreement will start when he returns to the country,” he added.
“If not; [he is not drawing a salary from Safa at the moment] And we are also grateful that they agreed to the arrangements, despite the work they did here.
“When he came back, he agreed to the deal that started. But when he comes back, it depends on when the borders are open.”
Motlante hopes former Cameron head coach Bafana will return to the country before the first two World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe and at home against Ghana.
“We are still confident that he will prepare the team for the World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Ghana over time,” he added.
“We are in constant touch with him about what is happening in the COSFA Cup and also what will happen to the U-23 team in SA in Japan. [participation] At the olympics [next month].
“We hope that when they return, they will have enough time to prepare Bafana for the World Cup qualifiers.”