By Kobus Pretorius (CPUT)
Joel Santana hasn’t even started his new job as head coach of Bafana Bafana but already high expectations are expected from him.
In an article that appeared in the Independent on Saturday’s May 10 issue, Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said that Fifa expected the host nation of both the Confederations Cup in 2009 and the 2010 Soccer World Cup to reach the second round of both tournaments.
"We would like to see the host nation of major events such as the Confederations Cup and World Cup to get at least to the quarter-finals or semi-finals. That would help keep the interest going in the host country.
"It would not be good if Bafana were knocked out in the early rounds of either the Confederations Cup or World Cup. That is why we hope the new coach (Santana) will succeed with Bafana and make sure
Valcke also expressed the hope that Santana would continue the work Carlos
The draw for the Confederations Cup, which features eight leading countries, would be held in
These comments by Valcke will add more pressure to a man already expected to turn a steadily descending Bafana around and making them competitive for the two looming tournaments.
We’ll have to wait and see if it is enough time for Santana to overturn Bafana’s fortunes and make them serious title contenders.