Bafana to prepare in Brazil and Germany

2009-10-30 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Bafana Bafana will hold training camps in Brazil and Germany to prepare for the 2010 tournament, the South African Football Association (Safa) said yesterday.

A total of four training camps have been planned for South Africa, with the side heading to Brazil in March and Germany in April.

The arrangements had been made before the appointment of Carlos Alberto Parreira as coach last Friday, but he would be allowed to give some input, national team general manager Sipho Nkumane said.

South Africa’s league will shut down in January for the first training camp, expected to be at altitude somewhere in the country. The season is also finishing early to allow Parreira time to work with the home-based players, who form about half of the expected squad for the 2010 finals.

South Africa will train in Brazil for four weeks from March 6 and then go to Germany for a camp from April 13-28. The team will be based in Herzogenaurach in Germany, but the Brazilian venue has yet to be fixed.

Bafana play Japan (November 14), Jamaica (November 17), Chile (March 3) and Jamaica (April 10).

— Reuters.

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