D-Day nears for Bafana

2010-04-27 09:50

Heads are expected to roll this Friday when Bafana Bafana coach

Carlos Alberto Parreira announces his provisional 30-man squad for the 2010 Fifa

World Cup.

This is the day that most national soccer players have been

awaiting for four years.

Not only locally based players will be worried as the foreign

legion will be eagerly awaiting news of their inclusion.

Parreira’s squad is expected to consist of 60% local players while

the rest will be made up of foreign-based players, he said.


From 5 May, the team will stay at Sandton’s Southern Sun Hotel

while doing training at Wits University’s Sturrock Park.

Among those that could be assured of positions are Itumeleng Khune,

Moeneeb Josephs, Siboniso Gaxa, Matthew Booth, Thanduyise Khuboni, Lance Davids,

Bongani Khumalo, Siyanda Xulu, Lucas Thwala, Katlego Mphela, Siyabonga Nomvethe,

Surprise Moriri, Teko Modise, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Siphiwe

Tshabalala.

From abroad, Steven Pienaar, Tsepo Masilela, Kagisho Dikgacoi,

Benni McCarthy, Aaron Mokoena and Rowen Fernandez look likely to be part of the

team.

But Parreira’s nightmare is the availability of the foreign legion

who may be released by their clubs late, especially unfit players like

McCarthy.

Parreira said: “Yes the World Cup squad will be announced on

Friday. My concern is most foreign-based players may come to camp late on 16 May

or 23 May. And according to Fifa rules, you have to give them six complimentary

days off.

“We’ve contacted their clubs and we are still waiting for their

response. We want them on 5 May so that they can be in camp on at least 10 May.

This will give me enough time to work with them. But I’m sure this will not

happen.”

He said he was unsure whether he would announce the rest of the 30

players on Friday and may name just 23 with the rest coming in later as it

happened during the Fifa Confederations Cup in June last year.

 

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