Belgian Hugo Broos, who guided Cameroon to a shock Africa Cup of Nations title 11 days ago, has applied for the vacant post of South Africa coach.
His name was among those released on Thursday by the South African Football Association (Safa) for one of the most sought after football jobs in Africa.
Italian Roberto Mancini, manager of Manchester City when they won the English Premier League five seasons ago, is another candidate.
Hassan Shehata, coach of Egypt when they won an unrivalled three consecutive Cup of Nations titles between 2006 and 2010, has also applied.
The vacancy occurred when Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba was fired two months ago after insulting several Safa officials, including president Danny Jordaan.
Former Bafana Bafana icons Lucas Radebe and Benni McCarthy will form part of the committee set up by the South African Football Association (SAFA) to urgently look into the applicants and appoint the new senior national team coach.
The committee which also comprises of Farouk Khan, Buti Mathathe, Anna Nyman, Neil Tovey and technical committee chair Natasha Tsichlas will draw up a short list and consider the names with the announcement of the suitable candidate expected in the coming days.
SAFA President Danny Jordaan, CEO Dennis Mumbles and Vice-President Elvis Shishana will also sit on the committee to oversee the process.
Radebe is a former Bafana Bafana captain who had a standout career at Leeds United, a then formidable English Premiership team which he captained with distinction.
McCarthy remains Bafana Bafana’s top goal scorer and has just completed his UEFA Pro A coaching license and is among a few South African players that enjoyed distinguished careers overseas.
Khan is a renowned development coach while Mathathe is the chair of South African Football Legends.
SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan says: “We want to have the process expedited as Bafana Bafana have a bumper 2017 season in which they need to compete and qualify on three fronts – namely CHAN, AFCON and the FIFA World Cup in Russia2018.”