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Santana welcomes the assessors

South Africa coach Joel Santana
Joel Santana has welcomed the appointment of assessors

South Africa coach Joel Santana has welcomed the appointment of the three technical assessors for upcoming games against Norway and Iceland.

Former national coaches Jomo Sono and Clive Barker as well as SuperSport United's Gavin Hunt have been called in to assess the team's performance.

The trio were appointed by the new National Executive Committee (NEC) of the South Africa Football Association (Safa) under new president Kirsten Nematandani.

Santana has been under a lot of pressure from fans and media in South Africa following a string of bad results, Bafana Bafana have lost six of their last seven matches.

The Brazilian coach says Safa vice president Mwelo Nonkonyana has explained the role of the trio.

"I feel happy because all the speculation will end that I don't speak to the local coaches," Santana said.

"Now with this arrangement we will have more coaches to speak to about Bafana Bafana.

"I had a meeting with Vice President Nonkonyana here in Norway, and he explained that the coaches are coming to help, so I am not worried.

"It's not always that people come to help but we have always been open."

South Africa play Norway on Saturday in Oslo and then travel to play Iceland three days later and captain Aaron Mokoena said the first match will be very difficult for the team.

"We have defeated Norway before, but it's going to be a different ball game altogether on Saturday," he said.

"They are playing at home and they will make things difficult for us to prove to their supporters that they are a good side, especially after missing out on the 2010 World Cup," said Mokoena.

Mokoena added that Bafana Bafana's recent defeats does not sit well with the players.

"We have to start winning games now, it's been difficult to take in all the losses, not getting the results that we deserve," he continued.

"Personally I want to win, I love to win and so do the players and everyone connected to Bafana Bafana, hopefully on Saturday we will turn the corner."

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