The Long Drop

Sports, courts and afterthoughts
Posted: October 19th, 2009 | By David Isaacson

Will Parreira return to the Bafana fold?

Will Parreira return to the Bafana fold?

Safa have decided to get rid of Joel Santana – fewer than eight months before the 2010 World Cup!

His critics had certainly moaned and groaned after his recent record of defeats – against teams like Brazil, Spain, Germany, Norway and Serbia, all of whom were ranked higher than Bafana.

But the flip side is that South Africa’s ranking dropped from 73 to 85.

So let’s see who Safa decide to bring in. There has been speculation that it will be Carlos Alberto Parreira, who, by the way, was fired from his most recent job.

Personally, I think it was a hasty decision based more on boiling emotion rather than cold reason. I thought Bafana had shown great signs of improvement during the Confederations Cup, where they made the semifinal.

I wonder how much Safa will have to pay Santana to go? And I wonder how much more they will have to pay to bring a replacement in? And if there is a whole lot of extra cash being dished out, I wonder what sort of improvement we can expect from Bafana Bafana?

I also have to wonder if the recent appointment of Kirsten Nematandani as Safa president didn’t have something to do with this decision, given the amount of flak the poor soccer boss has faced.





October 19, 2009 at 8:01 pm

it was long overdiu ,we rather hire a coach than watch ourv team becoming a loughing stalk he ddi us nothing instead of playing players who are suitable he rather opted for a defensive approach


the old bat

October 20, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Here we go again! Back to the usual stupidity. I thought that Bafana, had picked up nicely during the Confederations Cup. Yes there were problems still but they had nearly a year to iron them out. But now we are back on the usual old South African Soccer bandwagon. “fire the coach”. Why do we ever bother to hire expensive foreigners if we do not think them able. We may as well go with expensive locals, but the internal jealousies poisoning local soccer will never allow successful local coaches the break either. Why ANYONE would take the job as Coach of Bafana unless they were suicidal is beyond me. It is so SAD. As one of the fans who travelled back and forth from Pretoria to Soccer City back when we won the CAF cup and represented the Rainbow Nation as Clive Barker’s team won – I want to see that again! South African soccer will only be great when the fans and the authorities give it time to get there.

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