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THEIR appointment by Safa in the first place was problematic and controversial - now, it would seem, Bafana Bafana's "invisible" assessor panel of Clive Barker, Jomo Sono and Gavin Hunt has effectively bitten the dust.
Barker, considered the doyen of South African coaches because of his achievement in guiding Bafana to their most notable success in annexing the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, confirmed as much yesterday when he said "no one has really contacted us in months regarding our original mandate to review Bafana's progress towards the World Cup".
"But, I suppose, that is the prerogative of Safa and coach Carlos Alberto Parreira."
Barker said the now invisible trio had held an amiable meeting with Parreira soon after he returned to South Africa to resume his role as Bafana coach after fellow Brazilian Joel Santana had effectively been eased out of the position.
"He outlined his World Cup plans and explained how far down the road he had progressed. But all the time he was simply informing us what he was doing and not really seeking advice," Barker said.
"And," he admitted, "I am not sure anyone of us would have adopted a different attitude had we been in Parreira's shoes."
Barker believes the role of the supposed three "wise men" might have been different had Santana remained in charge of Bafana. "Maybe our appointment was simply a ploy to put pressure on him, or indirectly assist in his departure," said the current AmaZulu technical director.
Safa officials, in the meantime, said nothing had been done to terminate the trio's role as Bafana assessors. But there was no explanation for their recent inactivity. - Sapa