Eriksson, Santana to replace Parreira?


The Bafana Bafana head coach has not issued a denial on reports emanating from Brazil on Friday that he has resigned from his post, however, Safa has issued a statement stating that they will be holding an extraordinary National Executive Committee meeting on Monday in Johannesburg.

The meeting will commence at 14h00 and will be immediately followed by a media briefing that is expected to start around 15h00.

Safa president Molefi Oliphant, CEO Raymond Hack and Parreira will jointly address the media and are expected to confirm the coach’s departure.

Parreira’s wife Leila, who is reported to have cancer, told the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo on Friday that her husband would quit South Africa next month to help her recover from major surgery and spend time with his grandchildren.

Sources in South Africa say that Safa has confirmed that they have already had talks with Eriksson, although no details of the discussions were released.

Eriksson has a three-year contract with Manchester City but City’s new owner Thaksin Shinawatra has warned the Swede that he intends to assess this at the end of the year.

Press reports in Europe have already linked Eriksson with a move to Valencia and Benfica

Other reports have it that Parreira wants fellow Brazilian Santana to succeed him as coach of 2010 World Cup hosts.

Santana (60), played top-class football in Brazil but was never capped at senior level and his 27-year coaching career included spells with clubs in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Japan. He usually adopts a defensive style in his tactics.

It has also been suggested that Parreira will leave his assistant, Jairo Leal, as interim coach.