Friday, 23 April 2021 21:07

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The SA Football Association’s (Safa) announcement of new Bafana Bafana head coach on Saturday has been postponed.

Safa posted a brief statement on their media WhatsApp group on Friday night that the postponement was due to international "Covid-19 travel issues".

Safa’s statement read: "The Bafana Bafana coach announcement scheduled for Saturday, 24 April 2021 has been postponed due to global Covid-19 travel issues.

"We will reschedule the announcement to next week and further updates will be provided on this page. We apologise for the inconvenience caused."

Safa’s national executive committee (NEC) were to meet at Safa House in Nasrec, Johannesburg on Saturday to confirm the new coaching appointment, after which an announcement would have been made.

The new Bafana coach replaces Molefi Ntseki, who was released from his contract on March 31 following the national team’s failure to reach the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Former Real Madrid manager and Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz favourite to return for a second spell in charge.

The Portuguese was in charge of Bafana Bafana for two years from 2000, taking the team to the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals and qualifying them for the 2002 World Cup.

He was axed before the World Cup in South Korea and went on to lead Portugal (2010) and Iran (2014, 2018) in subsequent editions.

Queiroz guided Real Madrid for one year from 2003, either side of spells as senior assistant to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

His most recent post was coach of Colombia, who sacked him last December with the nation lying seventh in the 10-team South American 2022 World Cup qualifying group.