Johannesburg: Clive Barker, the most successful coach of South Africa, was fired Friday as boss of struggling Premiership club Mpumalanga Black Aces.
The club based in the north-eastern city of Nelspruit has been winless in eight league matches, taking just three points from a possible 24.
A 2-1 midweek loss at Ajax Cape Town left Aces only one point above the relegation zone.
Aces` Zambia-born technical director Jacob Sakala takes over and 70-year-old Barker has been offered an unspecified role at the club.
Barker coached hosts South Africa to the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations title, just five years after the country was readmitted to international football following decades of apartheid-induced isolation.
Bafana Bafana (The Boys) also qualified for the 1998 World Cup under Barker, but he did not make it to the finals having been sacked following a poor Confederations Cup showing.