The announcement of the South Africa football team head coach, scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed indefinitely due to “global COVID-19 travel issues”, the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) announced.

Former Real Madrid manager and Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz is the favourite to succeed sacked Molefi Ntseki just over a month before South Africa begin the 2022 FIFA World Cup African qualifiers.

Bafana Bafana play Zimbabwe away between 5th-8th June and Ghana at home between 11th-14th June. Ethiopia are the 4th team in Group G and only the winners of the group will advance to the final qualifying phase.

Queiroz coached South Africa for two years, back in 2000 when he guided them to the 2002 AFCON quarter-finals in Mali. He also helped the team secure qualification for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea.

Carlos Quieroz

Carlos Queiroz is the favourite to become South Africa head coach once again. (Photo by Quinn Rooney – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

He was sacked before the World Cup, however, and joined legendary Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, again as his assistant, either side of a spell in charge of European giants Real Madrid.

Queiroz then switched from coaching clubs to national teams, leading Portugal in 2010 and Iran twice in 2014 and 2018 for the FIFA World Cup.

His last head coach role was when he was in charge of Colombia, who sacked him four months ago after they slumped to seventh in the South American qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

South Africa have failed to match expectations since winning the 1996 AFCON title. They are currently ranked 15th among African nations and 75th in the world.