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By unknown | Apr 24, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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New Bafana Bafana coach Joel "Mr Jackpot" Santana will earn more than R1 million a month to guide the 2010 World Cup hosts.

The little-known Brazilian will take home less than his predecessor and compatriot Carlos Alberto Parreira was getting.

Parreira earned $150000 (about R1,4 million) a month. Santana - who will arrive here on May 9 - will take home $135 000 (about R1,3million).

His appointment came after Safa initially pleaded ignorance about media reports where Santana told almost everybody who cared to listen in Brazil that he had landed the plum job.

Santana said he will earn in 10 months what he could not get in his 30-year coaching career.

With no international playing or coaching experience, Santana was recommended by Parreira, who resigned two weeks ago.

After agreeing terms with Safa, Santana resigned from his post on Monday as coach of Brazilian giants Flamengo.

Raymond Hack, Safa chief executive, has already started with the process of applying for Santana's work permit.

Safa hope Santana's application will be approved in time for him to take charge of the 2010 World Cup-Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria in Abuja on June 1.

The news confirming the appointment of Santana started spreading like wildfire yesterday morning after Hack sent a memorandum to Safa executive members.

Part of the memorandum reads: "... In this regard, I would confirm that the association has now received a letter from Mr Santana accepting this position".

In a statement released by Safa afterwards, Parreira said: "Natalino [Santana] is a specialist in winning championships.

"He has won many championships with big clubs in Brazil and has coached great Brazilian players such as Romario, Bebeto and Juhnino just to name but a few.

"I believe he will provide the continuity that is so crucial in preparing the team, especially with Jairo Leal and Pitso Mosimane remaining to assist."

Santana said: "I'm confident about the task ahead of me and I believe my experience in working with many top clubs will assist in preparing the team for the big challenge ahead."


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