Is the coach too optimistic?

2010-04-29 11:46

Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira declared that “the sky is the

limit” for Bafana after their 2-0 win against an exhausted Jamaican team at the

Bieberer Berg Stadium in Offenbach, Germany, last night.

Surprise Moriri and Siyabonga Nomvethe scored the two goals in the

second half.

Parreira believes they were “100% better” than the Jamaican’s who

came for this clash with six new players and rested for just under 10 hours

after their arrival in Germany yesterday.

Following their hastily arranged friendly with South Africa,

Jamaica coach Theodore Whiting selected their national Under-20 players Desmond

Breakeridg, Jerry Walters, Kevin Bryan, Mario Swaby, Romario Campbell and Xavian

Virgo to give them debuts.

The Jamaican’s had only one training session on Monday and did not

even train in Germany as there was no time.

But Parreira still believes they beat “a strong side that matched

us in all departments”.

The best indication of his team’s readiness will come in May when

they take on Bulgaria, possibly on the 16th, Colombia on the 27th and Denmark on

June 5 before their 2010 Fifa World Cup opening clash against Mexico at Soccer

City on June 11.

Parreira said: “This was the best performance by Bafana I have seen

in a long time. I’m happy with the performance. Let’s give value to the result.

I like the way the game was played, especially the attitude.

“The Jamaica match gave us an excellent preparation of what we can

expect during the World Cup. Its key now that the boys use the few chances they

create and Jamaica never gave us time to rest.”

Parreira is aware that the country is patiently waiting for him to

deliver the goods by the time the World Cup starts and believes yesterday’s

victory against Jamaica will go a long way.

Parreira added: “We face a difficult target of having to reach the

next round of the World Cup. With such victories, this team is prepared to

achieve that.”

He was obviously shying away from their dour 0-0 draw against North

Korea in Germany last week and a 1-1 stalemate against Paraguay in Brazil last

month.

Team stand-in captain Teko Modise agrees that they will have to

keep the same momentum from now onwards as “winning is vital for World Cup

hosts”.



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