South African football fans are expected to know in the nex few weekst who will be the new coach of the national football team when Bafana Bafana will celebrate its 25th anniversary of being admitted to the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).

With 16 South African coaches and ten foreigners having passed through the South African Football Association’s doors as coach of the national team, all eyes are on the 2017 African Cup of Nations finals in Gabon this month.

Uganda national coach and former Orlando Pirates mentor Milutin Sredojevic has been widely reported as having put pen to paper with SAFA to coach Bafana, following the speedily enforced removal of former national coach Ephraim Shakes’ Mashaba for disciplinary reasons.

While the likeable Mashaba is set to have an additional 20 years longer added on to his lifespan now that he is out of the vicious football politics, the new man in charge will need to continue with the SAFA Vision Plan.

The main objective of the national football body is in rebuilding Bafana so that the nation can have a sustainable national team that does not only concern itself with qualification but must also compete to win.

Apart from qualifying for the World Cup in France (1998), Republic of Korea and Japan (2002) and automatic qualification for the 2010 showpiece which was hosted in the Rainbow Nation, Bafana’s greatest moment was undoubtedly lifting the African Cup of Nations trophy on South African soil at their first attempt under the guidance of Clive Barker.

Barker’s campaign was perfectly timed as he inherited a group of talent footballers who were hungry to showcase their talents to the world in search of lucrative club opportunities.

The recipe of having “the right players, with the right hunger at the right time” was ever present, something many clubs and national teams battle with across the globe in the modern era of the Beautiful Game.