Parreira pleased with Bafana’s performance

2010-05-28 09:30

Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was satisfied after

seeing his team beat Colombia 2-1 in a scrappy World Cup warm-up match at Soccer

City last night.


With the World Cup hosts due to play in the opening match on June

11 against Mexico at the rebuilt stadium, the Brazilian said he was pleased how

his players responded to the frenzied atmosphere made by 75000

supporters.


Parreira said: “I’m happy that we have played here now because we

could not start the World Cup without having experienced that atmosphere.

Colombia is a big team and there was excitement from beginning to end. I’m

pleased with my players because they will face all these challenges against

Mexico on June 11.


“We didn’t play as well as the last game (against Bulgaria) but

conditions were different – it was like a World Cup game,” he said, adding that:

“The boys fought well but lacked some experience in the last 10 minutes and

should have kept hold of the ball more. But it is part of the learning process

and we won.”


Colombia coach Hernan Gomez addressed the news conference after his

players were reportedly angry with the referee awarding South Africa two

penalties and refused to show up.


Gomez said: “I want to apologise for my players not being here but

they are upset with the referee. They felt some decisions were unfair.

It was a

good show today and the atmosphere was tremendous.


“South Africa have a dynamic team who work hard. Parreira is an

experienced head coach and he has organised them well, but it is difficult to

know how they will get on in the World Cup.”


Bongani Khumalo, voted man of the match for a solid display in

central defence, admitted the atmosphere had acted as an inspiration.


Khumalo said: “It’s a great motivation for us to play in such a

wonderful stadium and I think we will be used to it by the time we play

Mexico.”


Parreira must decide on his 23-man squad after a friendly against

Guatemala on Monday and admitted it will be a hard call, saying he would speak

to each player regarding his decisions.


Parreira said: “I’ll talk to them face to face. This is the best

way. They know the situation is that we can take only 23 players but it is

always a tough decision to kill someone’s dream.”

 

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