FOOTBALL legend Lucas Radebe is against the sacking of beleaguered Bafana Bafana coach Joel Santana.
Radebe believes it will be fatal for Safa to give Santana the boot, saying it is too late to do so.
The former Bafana skipper has publicly made a call for the reinstatement of controversial forward Benni McCarthy whom he strongly believes will be the answer to the side's scoring drought.
"We might not be getting the desired results under Santana, but I don't think the expulsion of the coach will be right," Radebe said at the launch of the 2009 Soccerex in Sandton, Johannesburg, yesterday.
"We can't afford to change the Bafana technical team and getting rid of the coach at this stage will certainly not help. All we can do is to rally behind the national team and give them our unwavering support."
The former Kaizer Chiefs defender, who also spent a lengthy spell at then English Premiership club Leeds United, said that the players must be willing to play for each other and develop a strong bond.
"People are always raving on about the 1996 team that won the Africa Cup of Nations, but in spite of the talent we had there was also a family spirit. Also, no disrespect to Pitso Mosimane, but as a local guy and someone the players can relate to he should have a more hands-on role in the squad," he said, adding that the players must also raise their hands and be counted.
"We want to see an improvement in our team, and that means players should start performing.
"Consistency is the key because it does not help playing well one weekend and dismally the next."
Santana met Safa yesterday but they only discussed the coming international friendly against Norway on October 10.
"There was nothing that was discussed apart from the Norway match," said Safa chief executive Raymond Hack last night.
Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan also used the platform at the launch yesterday to urge the nation to fully back Bafana Bafana.
"Bafana Bafana is our national team and they need our support, so leading up to the World Cup we urge all South Africans to put on their Bafana jersey and know their national anthem," he said.