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No mixed feelings for Bafana's Santana

By unknown | Jun 25, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

"I AM 100percent focused on Bafana Bafana!"

"I AM 100percent focused on Bafana Bafana!"

These were the words of coach Joel Natalino Santana when asked how he felt about facing Brazil, the country of his birth in the semifinal of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.

Santana said he was the coach of South Africa and wanted to think of nothing else.

"My work is in Africa. I respect the opponents, but I don't really care about them because I am now with Bafana Bafana. Why would I change my heart after spending 45 days in camp with the players?" asked Santana.

The Brazilian confessed South Africa have been dealt a huge blow with the absence of midfield strongman MacBeth Sibaya.

The player will miss tonight's clash against Brazil after he picked up two yellow cards in the group stages of the tournament.

"Yes, it is a huge blow, but I have capable players - maybe I will start with Tshabalala or [Katlego] Mashego or [Katlego] Mphela or [Thembinkosi] Fanteni, I don't know," Santana said.

The coach also stressed that the team needs as much support as possible. - Sapa


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