Britain's Stuart Baxter has been named the new manager of the South African national team.
Baxter has been given a two-year deal
Baxter, a former England Under-19 coach, has signed a two-year deal with the Bafana Bafana that will take him up to the 2006 World Cup.
The 50-year-old has worked as a coach in England, Japan, Norway, Sweden and Portugal and will start on 1 April.
Baxter replaces April 'Styles' Phumo who was in charge for their disastrous African Nations Cup campaign.
Baxter is a surprising choice for the job, but Veli Mahlangu of the South African Football Association (Safa) remains confident they have chosen the right man.
"We're satisfied with our choice for the job. He has impeccable references and impressed us very much when we met
with him," said Mahlangu.
Born in England but brought up in Scotland, as a player Baxter had spells with Preston North End, Stockport County and Dundee.
His coaching career includes time in Japan's J-League and winning the league and cup double with AIK Solna in the Swedish Premier League.
Prior to his appointment, South Africa have had 10 national coaches in just over a decade of international competition, all
but two of them locals.
In January, they fired the outspoken Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba on the eve of the team's departure for the African Nations Cup finals in Tunisia.
He was replaced by his assistant Phumo but Bafana Bafana's campaign in Tunisia was nothing short of disastrous.
South Africa did not make it past the first round - the first time in five successive Nations Cup tournaments that they
had not reached the quarter-final stage.