The unprofessional manner in which former Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba was relieved of his duties does not seem to have discouraged would-be national coaches from applying for the top soccer coaching job in the country.
Albert Mokoena, the chief executive officer of South African Football Association (Safa), has said he has already received 12 applications, despite not having yet advertised the job.
"Most of the applications are from Europe. The Safa executive committee will be meeting in Johannesburg on March 6 to discuss among other items on the agenda to appoint a new head coach for the national team. We will discuss these application at that meeting," said Mokoena.
Mokoena also confirmed that the new coach will be appointed by the time the national team play against Australia on the 30th of March in London.
"I believe that the executive committee will task a sub committee with the job of hiring a new national coach. However, I expect the new coach to be in place before the end of next month when we play Australia in a friendly in London."
Bafana Bafana will kick off their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign when they play Cape Verde on June 6 in South Africa.