Former Bafana Bafana defender Nasief Morris says it is disappointing that Stuart Baxter resigned as the national team coach last week.

The Englishman guided Bafana to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals in Egypt.

South African Football Association (Safa) appointed Molefi Ntseki as interim coach last week. The Cape Town-born played 37 times for the national team.

So much has been said about who should replace the English man for a permanent post in the national team.

The likes of Pitso Mosimane, Gavin Hunt and Benni McCarthy have been mentioned.

Morris is not sure if McCarthy is the right person. Morris also believes that that a coach with experience, good pedigree and credentials should be considered for the hot seat.

Bafana are searching for their 27th coach in 27 years.

Mosimane once suggested that Safa should headhunt their preferred candidate based on their needs instead of opening up the process for applications.

Morris is in favour of applications.

The country is also divided on whether the replacement should be a foreign or local coach.

Bafana have had coaches from SA and abroad in recent times but with little success.

Morris played under Baxter during his first stint with Bafana between 2004 and 2005. He says the national team needs to stick to our plans.

The 38-year-old played for Santos and SuperSport United locally and also Panathinaikos in Greece, Recreativo Huelva and Racing Santander in Spain. He also feels that players should also take the blame for poor performances.

There are few SA players who will play in the Uefa Champions League this season except for Percy Tau who played for Belgian team Club Brugge in the preliminary round against Dynamo Kiev last night.

There are also few SA players who are playing in the top five leagues in the world as compared to the past.

Morris says local players must show hunger to go abroad.

 


– Report by Vincent Sitsula