New SAFA President Confirms Joel Santana's Spot On South Africa's Bench

SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani says Bafana Bafana coach Joel Santana’s job is safe, but he is watching closely.
Nematandani, who was elected unopposed on Saturday after Danny Jordaan and Irvin Khoza pulled out, immediately vowed to take a serious look at Santana’s performances during his 16-month rein.

“I simply cannot fire the coach after being in office only two hours,” he is quoted by SAPA as having said after winning the presidential race. “But I will make an informed decision once I have all the facts.

“We need Bafana to succeed at the World Cup. But now we must show support to the national coach and turn around Bafana’s fortunes. I want to make sure that he is utilising all resources at his disposal.”

Nematandani, like Jordaan a member of the Football Transformation Forum, which has been very critical of Santana, has also promised to shake things up within the governing body, saying boldly, “Soccer is the people’s game and as SAFA we must give it back to the people.”