Reneilwe Letsholonyane has his sights set on coaching Bafana Bafana in the not-too-distant future.

The former Kaizer Chiefs and South Africa midfielder is currently assistant coach of the SA Under-20 team.  

He retired from playing when with TS Galaxy in 2021 and started his coaching journey with AmaZulu as their DStv Diski Challenge coach but he left after six months to link up with Amajita.

Speaking to SABC, the ambitious Letsholonyane said: “My ambitions, obviously as a young coach now, is in the near future to be a Bafana Bafana coach – but the journey starts somewhere, and currently I’m the assistant coach for the U20 national team.”

Letsholonyane was naturally delighted that Bafana did well at the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations, where they ended in third place.

“I think it was one of our best tournaments, considering that we haven’t been qualifying for tournaments, and when we are there, we haven’t been going through the knockout stages,” he added.

“When the tournament started, Bafana were not given a chance. Almost everyone thought they would not even qualify for the knockouts.

“Playing in the semi-final was a huge thing. For me, it’s a foundation that has been laid so that we get back to where we should be, in terms of conquering Africa.

“No one thought they would be where they are – third-best country on the continent. Now there’s [World Cup] qualifiers coming up in the next few weeks and months, and it’s a booster for them. Going forward, it will be a continuation from where we left off.”