The South African Football Association (Safa) has distanced itself from media speculations linking AmaZulu coach, Benni McCarthy, to the Bafana Bafana job.

Speculation has been rife as to who would replace Molefi Ntseki who has since been fired as Bafana Bafana coach following the team’s failure to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.

Carlos Queiroz, Herve Renard, and Hugo Broos are some of the foreign coaches who have been linked to the job, while the Pitso Mosimane, Gavin Hunt and McCarthy are some of the South African-born coaches who have been named as possible replacements for Ntseki.

On Sunday, some media houses named McCathy as the new Bafana Bafana coach.

However, Safa, who earlier this week released a statement that they had finalised negotiations with the yet-to-announced coach, has cautioned the public against jumping the gun.

“Safa has always stated that the Technical Committee will submit their final recommendations to the Safa NEC, the highest decision-making body, which will finally make the announcement once the process is concluded,” reads the statement by Safa in part.

“We note that the Benni McCarthy’s name comes at a time when AmaZulu are top of the log standings and it might appear that SAFA wants to derail the club’s good run. We are happy with AmaZulu’s current good run but Safa will announce the new incoming coach once the issue is dealt with by the NEC,” adds the soccer body.