South African coach Ted Dumitru has paid the price for a disappointing African Nations Cup campaign, by receiving his marching orders on the team’s return to Johannesburg.

South African Football Association chief executive officer Raymond Hack said Dumitru would have no further dealing with the team, the South African Press Association reported.

“Mr. Dumitru was selected on an interim basis and as of today he is no longer the team’s head coach,” said South African Football Association CEO Raymond Hack.

“Safa will conduct an intensive search, whether it be by interviews or head hunting for the next coach, to hopefully take the team further on a long-term basis.”

Dumitru apologised to the South African public for what he admitted was an unacceptable showing in Egypt.

“First of all, a big sorry to the nation. To all of you, we failed to meet even the lowest expectations,” he said

Dumitru’s took over from Englishman Stuart Baxter, who resigned in November after the country’s failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals.

His dismissal comes in the wake of a poor showing by Bafana Bafana in Egypt. Defeats to Guinea