Santana sidelines his ’keeper coach

2009-09-12 14:41

BAFANA Bafana goalkeeper coach Grant Johnson is in the dark regarding his future with the ­senior national team.

Johnson, who has been part of the team since the days of Carlos Parreira, was last week told not to travel with the squad to Germany and Ireland because there was no money.

City Press has learned, however, that coach Joel Santana prefers his Brazilian countryman, Alex ­Revoredo of Golden Arrows, who travelled with the team to Europe, and it is a matter of time before Johnson is shown the door because there is no room for two ­goalkeeper coaches.

Revoredo’s arrival has increased the number of Brazilians in Bafana to four, including Santana, assistant coach Julio Leal and physical trainer Franceso ­Gonzalez.

Since Revoredo’s arrival, ­Johnson has been sidelined.

However, Johnson was part of Bafana’s previous camps, including the Confederations Cup.

But the former SuperSport United, Orlando Pirates and Manning Rangers goalkeeper was modest about his future involvement with the team.

He said although he was disappointed at not accompanying the team to Europe, he believed he would still be part of the squad. He said he still had a role to play and a lot to contribute.

“When they brought in the other trainer they said they wanted me to learn from him because of his experience. I didn’t have a problem with that, because in football you learn every day,” said ­Johnson.

He said Revoredo was a great ­individual who involved him in the sessions.

“He conducts the sessions and I am his Number Two. We share responsibilities and I am happy with this arrangement.”

Bafana manager Sipho ­Nkumane said Johnson would still be part of the team.

Nkumane said Johnson was left behind because there was no need to take two goalkeeper mentors to ­Europe and it was expensive.


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