Parreira overseas to secure players’ release

2010-02-03 09:55

BAFANA Bafana coach Carlos Parreira is in Europe to engage coaches

for a possible release of players for the upcoming World Cup preparation camps

in Brazil and Germany respectively.


The coach, accompanied by Bafana physical trainer Francisco

Gonzalez and team manager Sipho Nkumane, left yesterday.


The Brazil camp will kick off next month after the completion of

the Premier Soccer League fixtures, with the German camp scheduled for

April.


Bafana Bafana will round-off their World Cup preparations at their

base camp at Esselen Park in Johannesburg.


Speaking before his departure to Europe, Parreira said he was

cautiously optimistic.


“This trip is just to make personal contact with the coaches of

clubs to try and release players for the camps of Brazil and Germany.


“The real target is the local camp in May in South Africa because

most European leagues will not be completed, but if we can get the players

earlier that will be great.


“But remember the clubs don’t have to release the players, but we

will be happy if they could, as this would greatly help in terms of our

preparations for this difficult tournament ahead of us.


“We can only hope for the best in our negotiations,” said coach

Parreira.


Physical preparation is one fundamental aspect of Parreira’s quest

to prepare the team for what he described as a task equal to climbing Mount

Everest, hence the involvement of physical trainer Gonzalez in the negotiating

team.


“With most of our players not getting game time at their clubs,

Gonzalez is expected to monitor the conditioning of those players, especially if

we can’t get some of them for the camps.


“He will keep tabs by following their training programmes, and for

that to happen he will have to liaise with the physical trainers of those

players in their clubs, so we have to take him to make contacts.


“The whole exercise will help when the players report for national

team duty, they will be in a better shape,” said Nkumane.


The Bafana Bafana delegation will return to South Africa on Friday,

February 12.


) Meanwhile, Bafana will face Namibia in

a friendly international as part of the celebrations of 100 days before the 2010

FIFA World Cup.


The match will be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on

Wednesday, March 3.


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