Tough test awaits Bafana

2010-03-31 10:30

Bafana Bafana will face their toughest encounter on their tour of

South America when they tackle Paraguay this evening at the Defensores del Chaco

Stadium in Asuncion. (12.30am SA time tomorrow morning).


But coach Carlos Parreira is confident that Bafana will give a good

account of themselves, particularly after not losing any of the seven training

games they have played so far. They have also conceded one goal.


However, Parreira said he expected Paraguay to come out with guns

blazing as they would be playing in front of their home supporters.


The last time these two sides met in 2008 Bafana beat Paraguay 3-0

with goals from Simphiwe Tshabalala, Benni McCarthy and Surprise Moriri.


“We are ready to face them in their backyard and I know the

atmosphere will be intimidating. I have been there before with the Brazilian

national team and it was not easy.


“But after being in Brazil for the last three weeks, the

performance of the team has been very positive and their confidence is getting

better and this game will be a good way to gauge where we are in terms of our

progress,” said Parreira.


He said the training matches in Brazil have helped to shape the

team and was happy with the progress they have made so far.


He singled out games against Cruzeiro and Ponte Preta as the

toughest of the seven but said they could not compare to the Paraguay

game.


“I have always said the game against Paraguay would be the most

difficult one and I expect the same commitment we have shown in all the matches

we played.


“Of course this match will be more difficult in that we are playing

another national team, but will be a good test for my boys.


“The difference is that the Brazilians are technically sound, while

Paraguay are physical and enjoy high balls – which means our defence will have a

busy night.”


On their last training session before jetting into Paraguay, Bafana

concentrated more on set-pieces as Parreira readied them to counter the host’s

areal onslaught.


Paraguay is ranked ninth in the world.

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