South Africa a manager down!

19th October 2009 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

Joel Santana and South Africa have apparently decided to 'go their separate ways' but it would appear as though the Brazilian has been relived of his duties after a drastic run of results at the South African helm. Since Santana guided Bafana-Bafana to a fourth placed finish at the Confederations Cup earlier in the year, a much better display then many had anticipated, South Africa have gone on to lose five of their last six internationals. Their only victory since the tournament came against Madagascar, one of the poorest nations competing in international football.

 

It has come as little surprise that the board aren't happy but to sack the coach, just months before they host the biggest sporting spectacle on the planet, could be seen a tad extreme to say the least. Joel Santana has already proved that he can bring the best out of his players on the big stage and, although results haven't gone their way recently, we mustn't forget that they were just friendlies and results in friendlies compared to those in major competitive games is a completely different ball game.

 

The South African Football Association obviously felt urgent action was needed and they have wasted little time in handing Santana his marching orders, just a little over a week after South Africa lost 1-0 in Iceland. The SAFA also mentioned that it was crucial that the country puts in a solid performance both on and off the pitch and this was the sole reason as to why Joel Santana was removed from his post.

 

A replacement is expected to be named later this week, although it remains to be seen who will actual take up the post in what does look a poison chalice as the hopes of the nations and the eyes of the world will be watching South Africa when the 2010 World Cup kicks-off later next year.

 

 

Once we hear of the replacement, we will let you all know.

 



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