South Africa prepare new boss

Bafana Bafana No.2 primed for step up

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South Africa are set to unveil Pitso Mosimane as Carlos Alberto Parreira's successor as national team coach.

Parreira's deal as Bafana Bafana boss expires at the end of July and his assistant for the World Cup finals is likely to earn a promotion to the hot seat.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) called an urgent press conference early in July when it was expected Mosimane would be unveiled as their new man in charge.

However, it emerged that the 45-year-old was only the first choice for the job and that his candidacy had still to be assessed by a special technical committee.

The committee were set to report back within 14 days of the announcement but it appears Mosimane will land the position regardless.

"The search is over and the only outstanding issue is around his contract," said SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani.

"I wish we could make the announcement today but we still have to first hear from the CEO (Leslie Sedibe) if there is agreement around negotiations."

He added in Business Day: "The announcement could be any day now but I do not want to put them under pressure by revealing the day we have reserved for the media briefing."

Mosimane has been the South African No.2 since 2006 and enjoyed a brief stint as head coach in the same year prior to the arrival of Brazilian Parreira.

The former SuperSport United chief has the backing of national team captain Aaron Mokoena, who has made public his support to Mosimane.