Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Augusto Palacios has thrown his name into the Bafana Bafana coaching hat.
The Peru-born fitness fanatic, who was in the national coaching hotseat for 14-months back in the early 90s, said he did not know how his name became linked to the post but if he was formally approached he would consider his options.
This comes after incumbent Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba was suspended by Safa for seven days earlier in the week for failing to advance the interests of South African football resulting in the premature retirement of players.
It now looks unlikely that he will not lead the national team to the African Nations Cup finals in Tunisia which start later this month, with Jomo Sono, Gordon Igesund and now Palacios been brandied about as possible replacements.
Said Palacios: In my mind Shakes Mashaba is still the coach as he has not been fired but merely suspended. For this reason I do want to talk about it yet although I may very well reconsider my position if Safa were to make a formal approach to me.
As things stand I am focused on my job with Orlando Pirates and our bid to defend our Castle Premiership title.
Palacios has been in charge of the Buccaneers since the departure of Roy Barreto earlier in the season and has succeeded in changing the teams fortunes around despite bringing a host of talented youngsters to the fore.
During his tenure as national coach, Palacios led Bafana Bafana to three wins, three draws and two losses.
Memorably he gave a debut to a young Mark Fish.