Bafana not ready yet – parreira

2010-03-21 10:32

Thirteen days into the month-long camp in Brazil, most Bafana Bafana players are nowhere near where coach Carlos Parreira wants them to be.
This does not do their chances of making the final 2010 World Cup squad any good.

Parreira’s ideal to have up to 70% of his World Cup team made up of locally based players now seems unlikely, but the coach is still optimistic that his players will get it right.

Although he showed some signs of frustration at times during the friendly against Cruzeiro when players failed to get the basics right, Parreira still believes that all will be well.

“It is a process and no one said it would be easy. You cannot produce a miracle in 11 days.

“But we are positive that we will get it right,” said Parreira.

He said the main purpose of the camp was to fine-tune the players and condition them.

But to date only a few players – notably Siphiwe Tshabalala, ­Itumeleng Khune, Katlego ­Mphela, Bongani Khumalo, Franklin Cale and Siyabonga Sangweni – have stood up to be counted.

As for the rest, the jury is still out on whether they deserve to be part of the World Cup squad.

The main aim of the Brazil camp is to polish the players’ first and final touch and improve their technical and tactical abilities so they master the art of playing.

But judging by how they played against Cruzeiro midweek, it is clear some local players might miss the big event.

With the overseas-based players waiting in the wings, the ­Brazil camp was a perfect opportunity for the PSL players to convince Parreira they should be considered ahead of their peers in Europe, but it would take something great from most of them to persuade Parreira to include them in his ­final 23-man squad.

Being in the land of Samba – where people live, eat and dream football – was supposed to inspire Bafana to raise their game, but that has not been the case so far.

However, some players rose to the occasion and it will be it difficult to shun them.

After being severely criticised for some poor showings in Bafana colours, Tshabalala has been the star of the show as he got rave reviews in the Brazilian media.

The Kaizer Chiefs winger has been a livewire in Bafana’s four friendlies, capping his good performances with three goals.
He scored a brace against Fluminense and added one against Boavista.

Khune has also underlined his position as the country’s number one goalkeeper with some good performances, and was yet to concede a goal before last night’s match against Joel Santana’s team, Botafogo.

Bafana were yet to lose a game or concede a goal after five outings before last night’s game against Botafogo.

They have won three games and drawn two.



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