Soccer

SAFA slate media 'speculation'

2009-10-14 07:37
Joel Santana (File)
Johannesburg - Embattled South Africa boss Joel Santana has received a reprieve from the SAFA who say that the Brazilian's job is safe for now and also slammed the media for "misleading the public". 

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Santana has led the national team to just one win in nine matches which has prompted the nation's media to campaign for the coach's dismissal and these calls are set to intensify following the defeat to Iceland on Tuesday night.

The appointment of Clive Barker, Jomo Sono and Gavin Hunt to evaluate Santana's position seemed to seal Santana's fate, but SAFA has requested that the press tries 'to exercise patience and kindly cease the endless speculation and allow the role players an opportunity to conduct a proper assessment' of Santana.

The sport's governing body added that a decision over Santana's future will have to wait until mid November.

'This team of experts will have an opportunity to assess the last two games on home soil on the 14th (Japan) and 17th (Jamaica) November 2009,' read SAFA's statement.

New SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani seems to have taken Bafana Bafana down a dangerous road as if he sacks Santana next month, the new coach will have around six months to prepare the side for the 2010 World Cup.

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