SAFA announces Santana's shock resignation

Monday, October 19, 2009
By: 
Chris Bathembu

Pretoria - In a shock move, Bafana Bafana head coach Joel Santana resigned from the national team on Monday.

South African Football Association (SAFA) President Kirsten Nemathandani confirmed to BuaNews that the football body has decided to part ways with the Brazilian.

"Following a very long heart to heart meeting, we agreed amicably to terminate the contract in the interest of a bigger picture," Nemathandani said.

Asked who will take over the national team coaching job, Nemathandani said the two assistant coaches Julio Leal and Pitso Mosimane will be in charge for now as caretaker coaches.

Santana had come under severe criticism after a string of poor results by the national team. After an improved performance during the Confederations Cup, things got bad for the national team managing to win only one out of their nine international matches.

It is this poor performance that promoted SAFA to announce a three man technical team to compile a report on the team's performance. The team consisted of former Bafana coaches Clive Barker and Jomo Sono and Super Sport United coach Gavin Hunt.