None of the South African Football Association (SAFA) bosses will resign or be fired for Bafana Bafana‘s failure to qualify for the 2022 AFCON finals in Cameroon.

This was the view of SAFA NEC member and chairperson of the technical committee Jack Maluleke and his sentiments were echoed by CEO Tebogo Montlanthe on Wednesday.

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The country’s FA announced on the day that it had decided to fire Molefi Ntseki following Bafana Bafana’s 2-0 loss to Sudan on Sunday.

According to Maluleke, NEC members are elected and therefore can only be removed at an elective congress which is held after four years whereas coaches are employees of the association with contracts.

“I’m not sure the aim of the question but the NEC are elected after four years by the members, and it’s different from coaches because coaches are employees,” Maluleke told the media.

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“Coaches are employed in terms of the contracts or vacancies that the association might have but, in terms of the executive, they serve their terms until maybe they are re-elected into office,” added Maluleke.

Motlanthe made it clear that those who feel the SAFA leadership also failed the nation should exercise their democratic right at next year’s elective congress.

“Mr Maluleke has explained the life cycle – you are living in a democratic country, the coaches are contractual relationships, yes, but 2022 is the year of elections,” said Motlanthe.

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“If people say, ‘Now look [what has happened] under your leadership, we no longer want you,’ those people will exercise your rights and vote.

“In terms of the constitution, as democratic as we are, we cannot just wake up and say, ‘Mr Maluleke and all of you, go!’ There are procedures, which say the term comes to end in 2022 when there will be elections and members will then decide what they need to do,” he reiterated.

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“If members feel the executive has failed them, the members will take that decision in line with the constitution.”

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