Ea Lla Koto give Santana taste of the action


Soon after his arrival in South Africa yesterday morning, the 59-year-old Brazilian was given the opportunity to get a taste of local soccer first hand.

Santana was accompanied to the League fixture by his assistants Pitso Mosimane and Jairo Leal who also took notes during the proceedings on the field.

With Sundowns carrying the nickname of the ‘Brazilians’, Santana would have expected the same type of football as played in his home country from the Chloorkop-based outfit, but it turned to be the visitors who showed the South American mentor all the action by putting four goals past Sundowns’ young goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane.

Santana also made time as he walked through the tunnel to shake hands with some of the local supporters which according to African culture is a gesture of a warm welcome.

Santana is expected to address the media in his official capacity as new national coach at a Press conference scheduled for early this week.

The former Flamingo coach, who succeeds his countryman Carlos Alberto Parreira, having only watched one game in South Africa, will be relying on Leal and Mosimane to come up with best team to beat Nigeria during their opening Group 4 2010 African Nations Cup qualifier on June 1.

It is understood, from a Sapa report, that Santana will not answer questions on the squad at Monday’s briefing as he will not have had time to find his feet but he will discuss tactics and other aspects of his career.

Safa CEO Raymond Hack said that Santana will be meeting with his technical team over the next three days to familiarise himself with his new players before announcing his squad.

Hack added that Santana’s work permit was in order and that there will be no repeat of the confusion over getting a work permit for Parreira.

“He is also keen to get started coaching Bafana. He has had discussions about Bafana players with Parreira.”