Molefi Ntseki Biography – Molefi Ntseki Wiki
Molefi Ntseki is a South African football coach. He was the head coach of the South African Senior Men’s National team from 31 August 2019 to 31 March 2021. On Wednesday, 31 March 2021, the South African Football Association (SAFA) CEO, Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe announced the firing of Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki.
“The SAFA NEC undertook a process on Tuesday night to decide on the way forward on what happens to the coach and by 10h00 on Wednesday, the SAFA NEC responded in favour of partying ways with the coach,” said Advocate Motlanthe.
“But in terms of NEC resolutions, they have resolved to part ways with the coach and any other things to do with legalities and any other outstanding matters, will be attended to. What we called the press for was to communicate the SAFA NEC decision,” said Advocate Motlanthe.
Molefi Ntseki History – Molefi Ntseki Profile
He is a teacher by profession and after working as a professional teacher for a decade between 1988 and 1998, Ntseki moved into coaching on a permanent basis.
Ntseki played for Unisaints and Welkom Stars in the early years of his playing career. Unisaints and Welkom Stars were at the time the biggest teams in the lower divisions of the province, behind the then-QwaQwa Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic.
Ntseki resigned a year later to start the Harmony Sports Academy. He was in charge of the academy until 2007 when he was hired as head coach of African Warriors in Qwaqwa. At the time, African Warriors were campaigning in the National First Division. He was there for two years between 2007 and 2009.
Ntseki then got the job as Serame Letsoaka’s assistant at SA U20 team and later served under Macky Chenai and Solly Luvhengo in the same capacity. He also served as assistant to Shakes Mashaba, who was then South Africa’s U23 head coach.
In September 2010, Ntseki joined Bloemfontein Celtic as an assistant coach and he worked at the club until 2014 when he was appointed as head coach of Amajimbos (SA U17). A year after his appointment as head coach of Amajimbos, Ntseki guided the team to the 2015 Fifa World Cup in Chile. He also helped the SA U17 team qualify for the 2015 Afcon tournament, where they finished as runners-up after losing to Mali.
In 2016, Amajimbos qualified for the Cosafa Cup tournament and they lost 3-1 on penalties to Namibia in the final.
Ntseki’s team again reached the Cosafa Cup final in 2018, but then again, they lost 1-0 to Angola to finish as runners-up.
But before then, Ntseki was elevated to the assistant coaching position at the senior national team to work hand-in-hand with Baxter and Thabo Senong.
He was then Baxter’s right-hand man during Bafana’s qualifying campaign, and again at Afcon 2019 finals in Egypt, where Bafana reached the quarter-final stage.
Molefi Ntseki Age
Ntseki was born on 18 August 1969, in Botshabelo, South Africa. He was born in Botshabelo in the Free State province.
Bafana Bafana Coach Molefi Ntseki
Molefi Ntseki was appointed as Bafana Bafana coach on Saturday, 31 August 2019. The South African Football Association (SAFA) announced his appointment in a statement on its website. The statement reads, “The SAFA NEC on Saturday, 31 August 2019 unanimously appointed Molefi Ntseki as the new Bafana Bafana coach, taking over from Stuart Baxter who resigned last month.
“The 50-year old mentor was assistant coach to Shakes Mashaba and Baxter and assumes his responsibilities with immediate effect.
“Ntseki was appointed interim coach three weeks ago but was confirmed as the new Senior Men’s National coach on Saturday by the NEC meeting which was attended by among others SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan and Vice-Presidents, Dr Irvin Khoza, Ria Ledwaba, Xolile Nkompela, Gay Mokoena and honorary President, Lesole Gadinabokao.”
After Ntseki was announced, he said, “I want to first of all thank the SAFA NEC and the Technical Committee for the confidence they have showed in me. I am humbled by this honour and I want to assure the nation that I will give this the best go.”
Molefi Ntseki Salary
In a letter dated May 3, 2020, Safa informed all its staff members of its intention to impose a mandatory 15% pay cut across all its divisions to reduce its annual salary budget by at least R20 million to avoid bankruptcy. Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki is one of the Safa employees who are set to be affected by proposed salary cuts.