Egypt coach joins race for Bafana Bafana job

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Hassan Shehata, former manager of the Egyptian national team and a three-time AFCON winner, has confirmed that he is in talks with the South Africa Football Association (SAFA).

SAFA has formed a committee which has been tasked with finding a new senior national team coach. SAFA parted ways with Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba in December last year.

The committee has drawn up a list of potential candidates which includes Shehata, alongside the likes of Roberto Mancini, Giovanni Trapattoni, Hugo Broos, Samson Siasia, Lothar Mattheus and Bernd Schuster.

Shehata, who led Egypt to glory in the 2006, 2008 and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, has confirmed that he has been in touch with SAFA. “Yes, there are negotiations to manage the South African national team,” Shehata said in a radio interview, as quoted by KingFut.

“However, the negotiations have not ended officially. They are still ongoing.”

The veteran coach added, “In the case that everything is successfully completed, then good. If not then there is no problem.”

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