SAFA have denied a report that former Orlando Pirates coach Ruud Krol has agreed terms to become the next South African national team coach.
The Mail & Guardian reported this morning that the Dutch coach will take charge of Bafana Bafana after negotiations with Carlos Queiroz, Herve Renard and Hugo Broos fell through.
SAFA communications manager Dominic Chimhavi refused to validate the story.
“We don’t comment on media speculation. First it was Queiroz, Herve, Broos, [Stuart] Baxter and now Ruud,” Chimhavi tells KickOff.com.
“There is no need to comment on speculation but that [Krol agreement] is news to me and the entire SAFA. We are in Ethiopia for CAF elections and on return will name the new Bafana Bafana coach.”
Krol is held in high regard after his treble-winning exploits with the Buccaneers in 2011 as well as his knowledge of the South African game and African coaching experience.
Besides Pirates, the 67-year-old has coached Tunisia, Egypt, Egypt’s Under-23s, CS Sfaxien (Tunisia), Zamalek (Egypt), Esperance (Tunisia), Club Africain (Tunisia) and Raja Casablanca (Morocco). He has also served as Netherlands assistant coach.
SAFA intend to unveil a new coach before friendly matches against Guinea Bissau and Angola on March 25 and 28.