Ex-Orlando Pirates Boss Viktor Bondarenko 'Missed Out' on Bafana Job Because of Carlos Alberto Parreira

Ex-Orlando Pirates Boss Viktor Bondarenko 'Missed Out' on Bafana Job Because of Carlos Alberto Parreira

  • South African football observers and fans will be stunned by a recent revelation regarding the Bafana Bafana coaching job
  • The legendary former Orlando Pirates coach Viktor Bondarenko was apparently in line for the hot-seat once
  • However, the Russian missed out on it to Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira

A stunning revelation about South Africa's football past is set to make for an interesting conversation.

Russian coach Viktor Bondarenko, who is remembered fondly by a majority of Orlando Pirates for his stint at the club, put himself into the reckoning for the Bafana Bafana coaching gig.

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Carlos Alberto Parreira was ahead of Viktor Bondarenko for the Bafana Bafana job because of language proficiency. Image source: Getty Images.
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According to the Daily Sun, he first applied for the job in July 2000, following a disastrous Nike Cup tournament in the United States of America helmed by then-coach Trott Moloto. However, the South African Football Association was headhunting the 1994 World Cup winner with Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira at the time.

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The article revealed that Bondarenko's 'poor command' of the English language counted heavily against him, with the technical committee convenor Veli Khumalo reportedly saying:

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"We are looking for an educator and a coach all rolled into one. Bondarenko's poor use of English will virtually rule him out of contention."

History holds that Moloto would be sacked later that year, with Portuguese tactician Carlos Queiroz being installed as the new boss of Bafana Bafana, instead. Parreira would get his turn to lead the national team when he was appointed in 2007, serving in this position twice.

Under his tutelage, South Africa became the first host nation to be eliminated in the group stages of a FIFA World Cup in 2010.

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Pitso Mosimane has made more history in his coaching career.

The former Al Ahly, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana coach has received his Confederation of African Football Pro License, Sports Brief reported. An equivalent of the revered UEFA-A License, this allows the 57-year-old Mosimane to apply for any coaching job at any level on the planet.

He worked towards this qualification for three years while also having to navigate past the obstacles that the Covid-19 pandemic posed.

Source: Sports Brief News