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Santana is here - let's support him

By unknown | May 19, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Joel Santana, the new Bafana Bafana coach, has finally arrived in South Africa.

Joel Santana, the new Bafana Bafana coach, has finally arrived in South Africa.

Much has been said and written about him after he was recommended by his countryman, Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira, and we hope he will deliver in his new job.

There was an air of disapproval among a horde of South Africans when Safa heeded Parreira's recommendations to appoint his countryman.

Those who aired their disapproval were justified because the man was a closed book to them.

Moreover, Santana has never coached a national team and it remains to be seen what he will offer Bafana Bafana.

I was among those who were concerned about his appointment because I was hoping for a coach with Parreira's credentials.

My argument was based on the fact that, as 2010 World Cup hosts, we needed to employ a coach who has been tested at international level.

But we have to be positive and support the man. We have no other option at this stage.

He can only succeed if we rally behind him and not just criticise him for the sake of criticism.

His comments after his appointment as Bafana Bafana coach could have painted a picture of a man who is only here to make money, but let's hope for the opposite.

He was quoted as saying, as Bafana coach, he will earn in 18 months what he failed to earn in 30 years as a coach.

He will earn about R1,5 million a month as Bafana Bafana coach.

Santana should also be advised not to overlook local coaches, unlike his countryman, because their input will be vital for him.

Assistant coach Pitso Mosimane is still part of the Bafana technical staff and this could make Santana's job easier.

It is also good that Jairo Leal, who was Parreira's assistant, is also part of the technical staff.

We strongly believe that Leal and Mosimane have a significant role to play in the squad and it will be suicidal of Santana not to listen to them. - Sapa


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