Samson Siasia believes he lost out on the Bafana Bafana coaching job due to South Africa Football Association’s preference for a white coach
The former Nigeria head coach made this observation after he failed to make the final five-man shortlist for the vacant position, which was made public by the football body on Wednesday.
Siasia, who is currently out of work after helping Nigeria win bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, said he had no problems with the decision by Safa, adding that he will continue to explore the possibility of coaching abroad
He said: “Yes, I’m disappointed, but I wish them luck. They probably prefer white coaches, and I don’t have any problem with that. I will take any opportunity that comes my way – to coach a foreign team. My agent is exploring other opportunities and it depends on what he gets. I have no regrets applying for the job.”
Siasia was one of the 62 coaches who submitted their CVs to be considered for the Bafana head coach role, which has been vacant since Ephraim Mashaba was fired in December last year.
Belgian coach Hugo Broos‚ Morocco’s French coach Herve Renard, former Real Madrid manager Carlos Queiroz, Stuart Baxter and former England manager Roy Hodgson as the coaches who made the shortlist for the job.