The South African Football Association (Safa) Technical Committee Chairperson Jack Maluleke has distanced himself from reports that Golden Arrows head coach Steve Komphela is a favourite for the Bafana Bafana vacant job.

As soon as Stuart Baxter announced his resignation as a Bafana coach last Friday, Maluleke was quoted as giving credence to reports that Komphela is a favourite for this job.

But speaking after technical committee meeting on Saturday, Maluleke set the recording straight on this issue.

This past weekend also marked the process of starting the search for Baxter’s replacement, Safa is hoping to have it concluded by mid September.

Maluleke says they are positive about the search for a coach.

At the recent Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament in Egypt where Bafana bowed out in the quarterfinals, the South African men’s senior national football team had the second oldest squad in terms of the average age.

This is from a country where in the last four years, the U17’s went to World Cup, the U20’s went to two Worlds Cup and the U23’s were at the Olympics in Rio.

Maluleke says going forward they are going to have a policy on selection and other matters.

Meanwhile, Maluleke says they are still expecting to sit down with the outgoing Amajita coach Thabo Senong and interrogate his report on the Fifa U20 World Cup from Poland. – Report by Velile Mnyandu