Parreira recalls veteran Nomvethe

2010-04-08 14:18

Bafana Bafana head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has brought back

veteran Moroka Swallows winger Siyabonga Nomvethe at the grand old age of 32 for

the national squad’s 19-day camp in Germany this month.

In naming his 25-man squad Parreira underlined the fact he is

struggling with strikers by also including Orlando Pirates striker off-form

Katlego Mashego for the trip to Germany.

Parreira dropped six players from the 29 that did duty in the month

long Brazil camp which ended last weekend. They are SuperSport United’s Daine

Klate, Pirates Thulasizwe Mbuyane, Holland-based Kermit Erasmus, Ajax Cape Town

youngster Thulani Serero, Bloemfontein Celtic’s Tlou Segolela and Golden Arrows

Richard Henyekane.

Parreira denied he was under pressure to select Nomvethe who can

double up as a striker after he had a couple of decent matches for the Birds in

February and March. However, selecting Mashego is difficult to understand as the

striker has had by his own high standards a poor season with Bucs and to

underline that point, he was replaced in the second half of Monday’s Telkom

Knockout semi-final against Kaizer Chiefs in Durban. Chiefs beat their Soweto

arch rivals 3-0 on penalties after neither side managed a goal after extra

time.

Nomvethe, who turns 33 in December, is a popular choice with the

public.

However, after 72 caps and 15 goals, many believe Nomvethe is a

spent force. He last played for Bafana in the 1-0 loss to Bolivia at Ellis Park

in 2007 when Parreira first took charge of the national team.

But Parreira defended his selection of both players.

“I am not looking for new faces at this stage (with the World Cup

two months away),” he said.

“I brought both players back because they have experience of having

played for Bafana and with over 70 caps Nomvethe can be useful.

“I cannot please everybody, ” he said.

“The only person I have to please is myself and if I fail we know

who will be blamed.”

Maritzburg United’s Shu-Aib Walters replaced injured SuperSport’s

Emile Baron in Brazil after Baron was injured and retained his place in the

squad as third choice keeper now that Baron has been ruled out of the World Cup

through a shoulder injury sustained in Brazil.

Walters is a hard working but average keeper who has no

international experience which means that Itumeleng Khune will be first-choice

and Pirates Moeneeb Josephs second-choice for the World Cup in June.

Parreira again waxed lyrical about his achiements in Brazil stating

that he was happy with the commitment, discipline shown by the players.

“The camp was a great success and very positive in that we found a

shape for the team which will be a 4-4-2 system and defensively we were sound

conceding only two goals in nine friendly matches played in Brazil.

“We formed the foundation of the World Cup squad there.”

The Brazilian, who won the World Cup with his native country in

1994, said the bulk of his World Cup squad would come from local-based

players.

But Parreira warned that Bafana were not ready for the World Cup

yet.

Bafana host Mexico in the opening World Cup Group A match at Soccer

City on June 11.

“We are only half ready for the World Cup. We are not fit enough

yet. That is why these camps are important to the players. To me the fitness

levels need to be higher and will be by June. That will be key for Bafana at the

World Cup. Fitness will get us through the first round,” said Parreira.

The fact that the SA Football Association missed the boat and

failed to secure top countries for friendly matches before the World Cup was a

disappointment to Parreira.

“When I rejoined the squad last November I was disappointed by the

fact we were unable to secure big countries such as Brazil, England or Germany.

I tried hard to get them but those countries were booked and their schedules

full.

“But I am still confident about the countries we will play such as

China, Denmark and maybe Argentina, Colombia and Bolivia before the

finals.”

Safa CEO Leslie Sedibe said he still hoped to secure a friendly

against Argentina but Bafana would play China on April 28 in Germany and Denmark

at home in June.

“We are working hard to get Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and other

South American countries to play us before the World Cup,” said Sedibe.

Apart from China, Bafana will play friendly matches against three

Bundesliga sides in Germany on April 20, 22 and 24.


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